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Climate change is increasing the incidence, frequency and magnitude of natural disasters and exacerbating the vulnerability of many countries and communities. It is therefore essential to enhance resilience and the capacity to adapt to a changing climate, above all for the poor who are the most affected. Photo © C&S Northway

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How can the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) enhance water resilience?

Initiatives under the LPAA focus on resilience will tackle the issue of water and climate change at many levels. The set of initiatives to increase Water Resilience aim to mobilize all water actors and stakeholders to make concrete commitments at COP21 under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda. A dedicated water segment will take place during the Resilience focus day during COP 21. Relevant contacts are listed below.

Water and Climate Change

Water resources and the range of services they provide affect poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability, and are at the core of sustainable development. Climate change is changing hydrological systems worldwide putting water availability and quality at risk. The effects of these natural events and water related crises in general are growing.

The international water community must act together to raise awareness on the link between water and climate change. This year, a historical moment took place in New York when nations agreed that there would be a dedicated sustainable development goal on water (SDG 6). Water is now recognized as a priority and it’s time to act.

The 21st Conference of the Parties on climate change will be a great opportunity to make water more visible in the international agenda and to commit to action.

Hotspots for water problems include mountains, small islands, arid regions, basins including deltas and coastal cities. Sectorial perspectives include the environment, food, urban poverty, water supply and sanitation, business, industry, and energy. Enabling mechanisms include planning, governance, finance, engineering, strategic environmental assessment and integrated water resources management.

What could be a commitment for water in the context of the LPAA?

Commitments can be individual or multi-stakeholder actions to be implemented within a water and climate resilience approach. They have to be on water and adaptation to climate change, currently developed or planned to be implemented as part of the Action Agenda and comprehensible to policy makers even outside the world water community.

During the water resilience session, stakeholders are expected to commit to concrete actions for water and climate change:

  • For basin organizations, to develop basin management adaptation to climate change and to commit to specific actions for a more efficient integrated water management in the long term and signing commitments under the Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers;
  • For cities, through the establishment of specific tools for climate change adaptation and risk prevention (floods, water scarcity, pollution of the resource) and signing commitments.
  • For business (small and large companies) to engage with the Business Alliance for Water and Climate on specific commitments, to increase water and clean energy efficiency and encouraging water user companies to join this private sector alliance to reduce their "water footprint";
  • For civil society, NGOs to raise awareness of the important role of water in successfully addressing climate adaptation and mitigation and to act on climate change;
  • For youth organizations, to join the “Youth commitments on water and climate change adaptation
  • For political leaders of all countries committing to support solidarity actions and participation of their companies and their cities to this ambitious goal of adapting water to climate change

How to join these initiatives on water resilience?

The Initiative's partners will share the actions they commit to undertake as well as the results achieved via an online platform. Non-state actors such as private businesses, professional organizations, foundations and NGOs should register their commitments here on the NAZCA portal.

For more information or to join one of these initiatives:

France: Anca Leroy (anca.leroy@developpement-durable.gouv.fr)

Peru: Marco Ruiz (mruizs@minam.gob.pe)

To join specific initiatives and commitments:

  1. Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers

Contact: Edouard Boinet (e.boinet@oieau.fr, jf.donzier@oieau.fr)

  1. Water, Mega-Cities Declaration, NGOs

Contact: Heloise Chicou (heloise.chicou@partenariat-francais-eau.fr)

  1. Business Alliance for Water and Climate (BafW)

Contact:bawf@cop-21.org

  1. Youth commitment for water and climate change adaptation

Contact: International Secretariat for Water (lfourneaux@sie-isw.org)

 

Photo credit: Tim J Keegan (Flickr)

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