Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Deltares / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat / The World Bank Group / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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

Wednesday 28 August | 11.00-12.30
In 2017 alone nearly 100 million people were directly affected by natural disasters, 78% of which were the result of 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 wellbeing. 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 they are seeking solutions that address both. They emphasized that DRR pathways need to promote resilience that emphasizes self-reliance. At the global policy level, the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Committee recently released a technical paper on 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, 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.