By Dr. Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate
EUCC has been working with UNESCO on water security issues, including the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation Responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe’, which was launched in 2015, and is focusing on vulnerability assessments to identify adaptation responses based on the case studies from different regions. This project aims implements activities focusing on developing adaptation strategies to contribute to water security impacted by climate change, focusing on vulnerable regions such as mountains, and arid and semi-arid regions.
The UNESCO IHP addresses urban water needs, coordinating Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change Network (GRAPHIC), which aims at promoting and advancing sustainable groundwater management considering projected climate change and linked human effects. Future activities include applying innovative tools (such as satellite data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, GRACE, mission) for evaluating groundwater resource storage changes in regions where data access is very limited because of either data scarcity or accessibility problems (as a result of geography or conflicts).
December 2nd will be dedicated to Water and Climate at Le Bourget at COP 21. UNESCO-IHP will organize various water-related events in the UNESCO Pavilion at COP21, celebrating also the 50 years anniversary of UNESCO water programmes. Water plays a key role in climate change negotiations.
- To celebrate the 50 years anniversary of UNESCO water programmes a special event will take place to launch the book “Water, People and Cooperation – 50 years of water programmes for sustainable development at UNESCO”.
- Other events and panel sessions will introduce to water-related projects for coping climate change impacts from a broad perspective.
- The events will cover different themes like: water at schools, tools and methodologies to address water resources challenges, the UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), groundwater in changing climate, water quality and ecohydrology.
Climate Change and Water Security http://en.unesco.org/themes/addressing-climate-change/climate-change-and-water-security
International Hydrological Programme (IHP) http://en.unesco.org/themes/water-security/hydrology
Overall coordination if UNESCO-IHP by: Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, Anil Mishra and Bárbara Ávila
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