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Climate Change Meets Policy. Mainstreaming Water In Climate Change Adaptation Workshop of the Lead Coordinators of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change Addis Ababa, August 13-17, 2012. Seleshi Bekele Awulachew (Ph.D) Senior Water and Climate Specialist ACPC-UNECA. Outline.
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Mainstreaming Water In Climate Change AdaptationWorkshop of the Lead Coordinators of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate ChangeAddis Ababa, August 13-17, 2012
Seleshi Bekele Awulachew (Ph.D)
Senior Water and Climate Specialist
This presentation covers:
Assist all Parties, in particular developing countries, including the least developed countries and small island developing states to:
Improve their understanding and assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change;
Make informed decisions on practical adaptation actions and measures to respond to climate change on a sound scientific, technical and socio-economic basis, taking into account current and future climate change and variability.
Article 4, para 1(e)commits Parties to
Develop and elaborate appropriate and integrated plans for coastal zone management, water resources and agriculture, and for the protection and rehabilitation of areas, particularly in Africa, affected by drought and desertification, as well as floods”
National Communicationswhich all Parties report on the steps they have undertaken to implement the Convention provide information on vulnerability and assessment, climate change impacts and adaptation measures, including those relating to water
National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs)
provides a process for LDCs to identify and prioritize actions to respond to their urgent and immediate needs with regard to adaptation to climate change.
(74 priority projects relate to water of 485 projects as at 2011)
SBSTA 34 agreed to discuss the impacts of climate change on water resources and integrated water resources management under the NWP
Technical paper on water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies (made available for Durban negotiations)
Stockholm RT Objectives
a) assist all Parties, in particular developing countries, including the lDC and SIDS to improve and develop shared understanding of:
b) provide a potential direction for future work on water, climate change and adaptation in the context of the Nairobi work programme
Broad agreement on a thematic focus on water through which the NWP of work can/will provide recommendations on water related adaptation actions/initiatives/measures with the aim of:-
Partnership, Roles and Responsibilities
The Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU): Advocacy i.e. Political leadership & coordination of Africa’s common position on climate change
The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC): Policy i.e. Programmatic activities to develop climate policy capacity through knowledge generation, advocacy and advisory services
The ClimDev Special Fund (CDSF) : Financing demand-led investments on the ground for generation and use of climate information
Construct solid foundation in Africa for the response to climate change based on:
Building solid science and observational infrastructure;
Enabling strong working partnerships between government institutions, private sector, civil society and vulnerable communities; and,
Creation and strengthening of knowledge frameworks to support and integrate the actions required.
Summary of the ClimDev Africa Result Areas Include:
Climate and Development
Climate finance and economics
Climate resilient development
Low carbon development
Climate science, data and information
Climate data and information for development
Assessment of existing data and information system
Meteorological data rescue, upgrade network, modernize the system
Hydrological data rescue, upgrade network, modernize the system
Setting up MRV and related capacity
Climate change adaptation climate resilience
Analytical tool and methods for extreme events
Climate change effects on key sectors: agriculture, water, energy, …
Climate change adaptation, technology needs assessment and finance
Climate change mitigation and low carbon development
Climate change mitigation and technology needs assessment
Exploration of opportunities: technical, policy, financial for LCD
Capacity building & technical support
Knowledge support in implementation of Rwandan
climate change R&D and strategy
Support in curricula development, ToT, dissemination/communication, graduate programmes
Water infrastructure (hydropower, irrigation, municipal/industrial water supply)
Power pools (with hydropower input)
Steps to be followed
Example for irrigation sector
Progress of the project
Web portal of the project
Knowledge generation, sharing, brokering through effective SH engagement:
Enhance WRD & IWRM
Use efficiency and sustainability
Increase finance, investment and governance
Mitigation is about gases.
Adaptation is mainly about water.