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Special Session: Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the basins of lakes, rivers and aquifers: when green & grey makes… blue!

IWRA 2021 World Water Congress in Daegu, Korea (29 November - 3 December 2021)
D. Healthy Waters
Author(s): Host : Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Ministry of Environment of South Korea

Host : Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC) *, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Ministry of Environment of South Korea

Presenters

  • Eric Tardieu(Secretary, Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), France)
  • Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham(Chair, Nature-based Solutions Thematic Group, Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), USA)
  • Sonja Koeppel(Environmental Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Switzerland)
  • Tracy Molefi(Member of the Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) and National
  • Coordinator for River Basin Organizations in Botswana, Botswana)
  • Hatda An Pich(Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mekong River Commission (MRC), Lao PDR)
  • Carolina Wong-Landero(Sub Coordinator, Binational Commission of the Sixaola River Basin, Panama)
  • James Dalton(Water Policy and Governance Coordinator, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland)
  • Serik Bekmaganbetov(International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan)

The lead organization for this session is the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), 1st in the order of the list of host organizations below. The lead representative will be Mr. Eric Tardieu. Please
keep Mr. Edouard Boinet (e.boinet@inbo-news.org) in copy of your emails for this session.


Article:

Abstract

Climate change primarily affects water with unpredictable rainfall patterns, aquatic ecosystems degradation, altered river flows, sea level rise-induced salinization of coastal groundwater, more frequent and intense floods and droughts. Water-related disasters represent about 90% of all natural disasters. Ecosystem-based Adaptation addresses this issue with Nature-based Solutions (NbS). It uses biodiversity and ecosystem services to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. As water flows and doesn’t stop at borders, this approach should be implemented at the scale of the basins of lakes, rivers and aquifers, including in transboundary settings.
Through case studies from around the world, the audience will be invited to question conventional climate change solutions and the associated risks of maladaptation, to explore the range of “no-regret” Nature-based Solutions that Ecosystem-based Adaptation mobilizes and the interest to carry out this approach across borders at the scale of the basins of lakes, rivers and aquifers.

 

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