WWW 2020 - Facing the climate emergency: effectively leveraging science, governance and diplomacy

24.08.2020 Shaping Law and Policy
Online 16:00-16:45 CET

As climate variability impacts become more frequent and intense, States are urged to adopt innovative approaches to protect society and nature. In transboundary waters, the adoption of such approaches require cooperation and dialogue. This online session will present science, governance and diplomacy based tools to ensure effective climate action.

Rising temperatures, droughts, floods and glacier retreat require the adoption of innovative approaches to protect society and nature. In transboundary waters, these approaches need to be reflected in cooperative strategies able to promote early warning mechanism systems and flexible agreements for rapid data and information sharing to prevent and reduce the impacts of climate change.

By presenting regional experiences to climate driven events, this session will focus on discussing the need to develop “science, governance and diplomacy” solutions to respond to climate variability in transboundary waters.

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Programme below.

  • Welcome remarks, Simon Zbinden, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
  • Introduction: Science, governance and diplomacy: Solutions to climate variability in transboundary waters, Camille Jepang, IUCN.
  • Panel discussion: Tools and approaches for climate variability action, Moderation Diego Jara IUCN.

                - A global approach: John Matthews, AGWA.

                - Experiences from the Nile Basin, Modathir Zaroug, Nile Basin Initiative.

                - Experiences from the Lake Chad Basin, Lake Chad Basin Commission.

                - Experiences from South America, Maria Gwynn, Itaipu Binacional.

  • Questions and answers.
  • Closing remarks, Mara Tignino, Geneva Water Hub.