Water and Climate Dialogue - Adapting to Climate Change: Why We Need Broader and 'Out-of-the-Box' Approaches
August 2011, WWAP
This briefing note is based on a stakeholder dialogue organized by the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) at the Dialogs for Water and Climate and Climate Change (D4CC) during the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10, 2010 (more information). The note aims to bring the water agenda more fully into the international debate on the impacts of climate change. The interconnections between water and climate are complex and not isolated from other forces, pressures and opportunities generated primarily by human activities. The note summarizes the broad scientific consensus on the potential impact of climate change on water resources and water users as well as helps us understand the environmental, social and economic implications. The note also promotes the urgent need for adaptation in the management of water. It provides a succinct overview of the key issues in water management and use in language accessible to diverse stakeholders involved in water adaptation. It showcases actions that stakeholders and countries can and are already taking to adapt to climate change and its effects on water resources, and provides policy options (a synthesis of existing accepted policy messages) for decision-makers in water-dependent sectors to implement at all levels for everybody’s benefit.