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Workshop announcement- water and climate change in transboundary basins

Second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: challenges, progress and lessons learnt (Geneva, 12-13 April 2011)

We would like to invite you to the “Second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: challenges, progress and lessons learnt” which will take place on 12 and 13 April 2011 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, back-to-back with the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (14 April 2011).

The workshop is the second one organized on this theme in the framework of the UNECE Water Convention, within its platform for exchanging experience on adaptation to climate change in the transboundary context. It will build on the results of last year’s workshop and illustrate recent developments in this area.

The workshop aims to exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; identify best practices, success factors and lessons learnt; share experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the Water Convention as well as other similar initiatives; and support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies.

Proposals for presentations at the workshop relevant to the topics as described in the information notice can be submitted by 1 March 2011. Abstracts are especially welcome on the following topics:
–         responding to climate change impacts on water uses such as hydropower, navigation, and irrigated agriculture
–         addressing conflicts of interest in adaptation
–         awareness-raising
–         synergies and trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation measures
–         ecosystem-based adaptation
–         financing of adaptation
–         practical examples of adaptation under uncertainty

More information on registration as well as relevant documents are available at

http://www.unece.org/env/water/meetings/transboundary_climate_adaptation_workshop.html

We look forward to seeing many of you at the workshop and Task Force meeting.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and
International Lakes
Tel: +41 (0)22 917 1218
Fax: +41 (0)22 917 0107
E-mail: sonja.koeppel@unece.org

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