Water Should Be A Mainstream Issue In Climate Negotiations

11 Dec 2019 by Staff - Water Diplomat

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has announced a new collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and other partners with a view to creating a desirable climate-resilient future.

"Water Resilience Frontiers: Pathways for Transformational Climate Resilient Water Security" seeks to address a lack of coherence in global negotiations on climate change, national development planning and water management.

Since 2011, GWP has supported more than 60 countries to improve climate change resilience and invested over $1.2 Billion USD in water-related projects. Most recently, GWP has worked with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support over 75 countries in assessing priorities and establishing the appropriate implementation sequence for climate resilience water projects. Most notably, GWP has worked with partners in Africa and Asia with current activities focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.

The interconnectedness between climate-induced risks and water is becoming increasingly apparent and global climate negotiations have taken note. However, another gap has emerged, GWP says, noting that discourse on water and adaptation to extreme weather events is driven by the water community and these impacts are still omitted from climate change negotiations.

Water needs to be a mainstream issue (and not an effect) as climate impacts are felt through water. Over 90% National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and virtually all National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) prioritise water as a key issue.

GWP posits that building resilience to the adverse effects of climate change on water requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term perspective.

Using practical examples of climate hotspots such as the Aral Sea, Lake Chad, City of Cape Town and others, the Water Resilient Frontiers’ initiative proposes to learn from practice and foster long term thinking about water resilience beyond 2030.