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Building Climate Resilience: Putting Water Management at the Centre. Dr James Dalton Water Management Adviser IUCN Water Programme Gland, Switzerland Water Day Bonn June 2010. Water, ecosystems & climate change. Water is at the centre...and is critical for building resilience.

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building climate resilience putting water management at the centre

Building Climate Resilience: Putting Water Management at the Centre

Dr James Dalton

Water Management Adviser

IUCN Water Programme

Gland, Switzerland

Water Day

Bonn

June 2010

water ecosystems climate change
Water, ecosystems & climate change
  • Water is at the centre...and is critical for building resilience
  • Ecosystems provide vital services… the ‘natural infrastructure’ for adaptation
  • What has IWRM taught us about adaptation and the role of ecosystems?
    • what needs to be done
    • how it needs to be done
  • Where does EbA fit into climate resilience – through building resilience of socio-economic and ecological systems...to withstand shocks and re-build
resilience in practice
Resilience in practice
  • economy
  • livelihoods
  • nature & services
  • Tacana
  • Attapeu

1. Diversity

2. Sustainable Infrastructure & Technologies

  • engineering responses
  • natural infrastructure
  • sustainable & adaptable mgt
  • Pangani
  • KYB / L Chad
  • participatory governance
  • empowerment
  • adaptive institutions
  • Volta
  • Mekong

3. Self-Organisation

  • knowledge & skills
  • climate information
  • new adaptive strategies
  • Okavango
  • BASIM

4. Learning

climate vulnerable basin
Climate vulnerable basin
  • weak hydrological buffering
  • narrow economic & livelihood dependency
  • infrastructure that can’t cope
  • infrastructure that impairs hydrological buffering and livelihood diversification
  • vulnerable people not empowered to act: centralised decision making
  • conflict destroys coordination
  • ossified institutions
  • new information & knowledge not available or in use
resilience shift kyb lake chad
Resilience shift: KYB / Lake Chad
  • drought aggravating poverty
  • failed dam & irrigation projects
  • siltation & weed infestation
  • rising conflict
  • paralysis
  • shared information
  • consensus management plan
  • pilot ecosystem & livelihood restoration
  • conflict resolution
  • water charter: participatory governance
climate resilient river basin
Climate resilient river basin
  • buffering moderates the hydrograph
  • diverse livelihoods and economy
  • sustainable infrastructure portfolios: engineered & natural
  • infrastructure management for watershed services and economic diversification
  • vulnerable people empowered to act: governance enables self organisation
  • adaptive institutions, set up for learning
  • accessible information, knowledge & skills
resilience shift tacan guatemala
Resilience shift: Tacanà, Guatemala
  • deforested watersheds
  • degraded farming systems
  • social upheaval
  • downstream disaster
  • weak coordination
  • local coordination of priorities
  • landscape restoration & diversification
  • social entrepreneurship
  • municipal – provincial liaison
  • disaster planning
key messages
Key Messages
  • Build supporting mechanisms now for traction on-the-ground:
    • Preparation – capacity building, institutional readiness
    • Improve cross-sectoral coordination using water and IWRM approaches
    • Develop implementation partnerships
    • Support absorption by the Parties
  • Support the planning agenda with learning and demonstration – turn the Nairobi Guiding Principles into action
  • Work to support the Parties on building resilience as outlined in the Chairs Text on Adaptation
  • Focus on adaptation within wider development frameworks -
    • adaptation will be more effective where it uses and builds on lessons from WRM
    • resilience is built on diversity
our developing approach

5.Policy coherence

6.Programme coordination & communication

Our Developing Approach

GOAL

Ecosystem-based strategies for climate resilience implemented

1.Resilient development & climate adaptation

2.Adaptive governance & self organisation

3.Learning, leadership & networking

4.Infrastructure economics

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