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Managing water adaptively : no regrets g g p y g

Presentation to the Asian Development Bank Monday 24 May 2010

Dr Ania Grobicki Executive Secretary GWP

Heads of state want progress on Aral Sea Basin GWP organised round tables and training seminars to help find common ground on Aral Sea Basin transboundary issues.

Environmental problems get attention E i t l bl t tt ti A GWP dialogue convened stakeholders to urgently address problems of the Wei River, the largest tributary of the Yellow River. Water boosts rural development GWP helped Fujian's Department of Water Resources to increase water productivity to improve rural livelihoods.

Groundwater use in Dhaka to be reduced GWP contributed to understanding alternatives to groundwater and options for improving surface water quality. Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority undertook to reduce dependency on groundwater from 87% to 50% by 2015.

Vietnam endorses IWRM approach Government organisations at a dialogue organised by GWP adopted a recommendation to strengthen river basin organisations, paving the way for public participation.

What do these outcomes have in common? Reducing transboundary conflicts over water use through high-level policy dialogues Addressing water quality and water allocation issues, recognizing environmental deterioration and taking steps to rectify it Reducing dependence on groundwater through water saving and diversification of water sources Enabling innovative solutions to river basin management to emerge through involving stakeholders and communities

So - what do these outcomes have in common? Reducing levels of risk and uncertainty Enabling people to adapt to rapid e environmental c a ge o e ta change Enabling communities, cities and countries to build their levels of resilience

GWPs core strengths

Integrated Water Resources Management working with sectors including domestic water supply, energy, agriculture, industry, environment . working with both floods and droughts Looking at water resources in a holistic way Doing IWRM in different ways in different contexts IWRM as a process whose outcome is an improvement in peoples level of water security Bringing together people from different sectors to develop better understanding of problems and identify common solutions including government, civil society, academia, the private sector, media . Bringing together stakeholders on a neutral platform for dialogue and negotiation

GWP Action on Disaster Management

Key Strategic Ally : World Meterological Organization (WMO) Also developing substantive links with ISDR (International Strategy on Disaster Reduction) and other partners Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) : 10 years in existence : knowledge, tools, guidelines, training Launched HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management in 2009 See www.apfm.info Lauched at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, June 2009) . Uptake by 28 countries Now creating a similar programme on Integrated Drought Management

GWPstrategyforclimatechangeadaptation: Buildingresiliencethroughwatersecurity
Better climate information

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Water Security

GWPs role : G - Reaching out to the climate community, the disaster management community - Linking water security with actors in these communities at national level level, regional level and global level - Stressing that better water management is the key to climate adaptation

Copenhagen, November 2008 Dialogue on Adaptation to Beyond Change for Land and yClimate Copenhagen p g Water Management Istanbul, March 2009 Nairobi, April 2009 Hanoi, January 2009

Bamako, February 2009

The Nairobi Statement

G8, Italy, July 2009 GWP written input : Climate Adaptation is Water Adaptation p Geneva, Aug/Sept 2009 World Climate Conference Opening plenary speech: water & climate services Barcelona, 2009 November 2009 Side Event at Water Day Almedalsveckan and IGO Observer with d Ob ith Stakeholder Forum

Copenhagen, December 2009 GWP accredited by UNFCCC: IGO Observer Status Side Event : Bridging the Water and Climate Agendas Water Management, Water Security and Climate Change Adaptation One Page Briefing Note + contributions to Outreach Led to : Beyond COP15 : Building Resilience through Water Security Beyond COP15 : Regional Dialogues; + GWP input into Review of Adaptation Fund

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GWP input in Bonn, June 2010; COP16 in Cancun, D 2010 C Dec

Peoples efforts to adapt to climate change

GWP engaged in global climate processes:

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GWP China holds High-Level Round Table on climate change, Beijing, April 2010 - Minister Chen Lei a d highste C e e and g ranking figures from Energy Ministry, Environment Ministry, National Development Reform Council (NDRC)

Common Regional Framework agreed for managing floods in South Asia

Top Malaysian officials agree to specific flood management policies

GWP Pakistan pursues funding for climate change adaptation

GWP Philippines leading knowledge creation on climate change

GWP Peru offers course on Climate Change, Glacier Retreat and IWRM

GWP Mali takes first steps to integrating IWRM with National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)

Key messages
Better water management is a risk reduction strategy g y p Better water management is inherently adaptive Better water management brings no regrets investment now improves peoples lives Better water management leads to water security


Seeking engagement with Regional Development Banks including ADB GWP Consulting Partners meeting in Stockholm (Saturday, 4 September 2010) Seeking to link the Country Water Partnerships and Regional Water Partnerships with ADB staff and clients Seeking to add value to the preparation and implementation of ADB-financed projects

Thanh you!