African Development Bank / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre / Stockholm International Water Institute / Women Engage for a Common Future

Equity in Climate Change Adaptation (3/3)

Sunday 25 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: M3
Susanna Starck, SIWI

Impacts from climate change pose many challenges to water and sanitation development and management. Evidence shows that poor and ethnic minorities are both highly exposed to climate extremes and often have lower adaptive capacity. This duality adds a dimension of vulnerability to groups already facing many other challenges. If poorly undertaken, adaptation processes can potentially exacerbate inequalities, causing maladaptation.

Equity in Climate Change Adaptation is a three-part seminar that aims to contribute to efforts to mainstream equitable climate adaptation that reduces water related vulnerabilities for all. We will focus on identifying the determinants that constrain or enhance equitable adaptation and vulnerability reduction. How can adaptation strategies be more inclusive and enhance the adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable?

This session will close the day’s proceedings and tackles the critical question of scale - how can we ensure that a focus on equity is the norm in our adaptation efforts moving forward? We will hear perspectives from one of the largest water service providers in the world and a key multilateral bank. We will provide tangible examples of scalable solutions that leave no one behind, engaging in dynamic discussion so that we can collectively learn from one another’s challenges and successes.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

Taking equitable climate change adaptation to scale
This session will close the day’s proceedings and tackles the critical question of scale - how can we ensure that a focus on equity is the norm in our adaptation efforts moving forward? We will hear perspectives from one of the largest water service providers in the world and a key multilateral bank. We will provide tangible examples of scalable solutions that leave no one behind, engaging in a dynamic discussion so that we can collectively learn from one another’s challenges and successes.  

Session Chair: Dr Phil Graham, SMHI

Workshop facilitator: Alexa Bruce, University of Massachusetts Amherst

16:00 Welcome and introduction to the session
Dr Phil Graham, SMHI 

16:05 Leaving no one behind: challenges of a mega city
Dr Rafael Carmona Paredes, DG, SACMEX (Water System of Mexico City) 

16:20 Towards Scaling Up Financing for Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation – Lessons From Africa
Wambui Gichuri, AfDB 

16:35 Burst presentations from presenters:
Vera Bukachi, Kounkuey Design Initiative  
Mohamed Aheeyar, IWMI 
Neil Lazarow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation of Australia 
Kholoud Al Ajarma, University of Groningen 

16:55 Workshop session: What can we learn from solutions that have demonstrated impact? And from one another?

17:20 Report back

17:25 Closing remarks from the Chair
Dr Phil Graham, SMHI 

17:30 End of session