Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Deltares / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany / International Union for Conservation of Nature / Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat / The World Bank Group / UNESCO International Hydrological Programme / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Don’t Waste Good Catastrophes: Aligning DRR, Water, and Climate Agendas

Wednesday 28 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: L10
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In 2017 nearly 100 million people were directly affected by natural disasters, 78% of which resulted from floods, storms, or drought. While water is often the instrument of disaster, it is also a key to resilience in the face of climate change and essential to sustainable development, peace, security, and economic well-being. At World Water Week 2018, we featured practitioners working in diverse geographies and across a range of sectors and scales to improve community climate change adaptation and DRR. Practitioners understand adapting to increased climate variability means managing new and shifting natural hazard risks and seeking solutions at the local, national and transboundary levels. They emphasized that DRR pathways need to promote resilience that underscores self-reliance. At the global policy level, the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Committee recently released a technical paper linking climate adaptation and DRR, alongside a new 3-year workplan that includes activities around improving these connections. UNISDR has long recognized that climate change is a key driver of disaster. What remains less evident are mechanisms to link these policy communities. This interactive session will demonstrate innovative ways that water can serve as an effective, necessary bridge between the two by aligning policy and practice at all levels.
Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


11:00-11:05 Welcome

11:05-11:15 Opening Statement: Setting the Scene, connecting the global climate, DRR and sustainable development frameworks through water

11:15-11:42 Moderated Case Study Introductions
11:45-12:05  Break-out groups

  • Including case studies from: Mexico City, India, the transboundary Dniester basin, and East / Southern Africa

12:05-12:25  Reporting back on break-out groups, Q&A with participants

12:25-12:30 Closing Statement and Next Steps