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COP 15: Water and Climate

The  Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) organised a side event  on how to bridge the water and climate agendas  at the on going COP 15Ainun Nishat of IUCN Bangladesh, also a member of the Bangladesh delegation, shared his views on the importance of water for national and regional level adaptation, and outlined elements of the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.

Hannah Stoddart of the GPPN (Stakeholder Forum) outlined the key messages on water and climate change adaptation for the consideration of negotiators, and referred to priority paragraphs of the latest draft adaptation text.

John Matthews of WWF stressed that adaptation is a process rather than a stand-alone concept, and emphasized the need for integration and freshwater ecosystem preservation.

Karin Lexen of the GPPN (Stockholm International Water Institute) highlighted the link between climate change impacts on the water cycle and the achievement of the human right to water, pointing towards the new Position Paper that has been issued by the Independent Expert.

The event was chaired and moderated dynamically by Mike Muller of the Global Water Partnership, who fielded a number of constructive questions from the floor that stimulated some excellent debate. Ania Grobicki, Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership, wrapped up the meeting with a positive call for concerted action on water and climate change beyond COP15.

The side event was selected for webcast and will be available shortly through the following link: