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Second Workshop on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: challenges, progress and lessons learnt

12 - 13 April 2011

Geneva, Switzerland, conference room V

The workshop was organized on 12 and 13 April 2011, back-to-back with the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (14 April 2011). It brought together countries and other stakeholders engaged in activities on water and adaptation to climate change, in particular in transboundary basins, with the aim to:

    • Exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change;
    • Analyse the specific challenges of adapting water management to climate change in the transboundary context, identify best practices, success factors and lessons learnt; considering the different steps of developing an adaptation strategy: from the assessment of impacts and vulnerability to the selection of measures;
    • Exchange experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) as well as other similar initiatives;
    • Support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies;
    • Promote and discuss the implementation of the UNECE Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change.

The workshop was the second one organized on this theme in the framework of the UNECE Water Convention, within its platform for exchanging experience on adaptation to climate change in the transboundary context. It built on the results of last year’s workshop and illustrated recent developments in this area.

The workshop was organized under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Germany, with the support of the UNECE secretariat. Funding for pilot projects and the platform for exchanging experience was also provided by the governments of Finland and Switzerland. The workshop was also supported by GWP-Mediterranean, in the framework of the project IW:Learn3.

The results of the first core group of the pilot projects are available here.

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Information notice


List of participants


Workshop programme


Programme of the Twin2go side event


Overview of the pilot projects progress

Report PDF
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UNECE Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change

Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events, prepared by the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events under the Protocol on Water and Health

see publication
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Opening session



Climate change impacts on water resources in Europe - regional and
sectoral perspective
Mr. Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz- Polish Academy of Sciences, Coordinating
Lead Author of the water chapter in the fourth IPCC assessment report


Session 2: Jointly assessing climate change impacts



Formulating and evaluating water resources adaptation options to climate
change uncertainty in the Ukrainian Carpathian region
Mr. Mykola Babych, State Committee for Water Management, Ukraine



Transboundary modelling in the Meuse basin
Ms. Maïté Fournier, Etablissement Public d’Aménagement de la Meuse,
France, AMICE project



Assessment of climate change impacts on water resources of the Khrami-
Debed (Armenia-Georgia) and Aghstev (Armenia- Azerbaijan)
transboundary river basins
Mr. Vahagn Tonoyan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/
Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) "Regional Climate Change
Impacts Study for the South Caucasus", Armenia



Session 3: Climate change impacts on water-related sectors and joint responses



Water, energy, food, related policies
Mr. Paul Horton, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental
Management (CIWEM)/ European Water Association (EWA) Climate Change
Working Group



World Bank assistance to Southeastern Europe and Central Asia on
enhancing climate resilience in water, agriculture, and energy programs
Mr. Ron Hoffer, World Bank



Vulnerability of agriculture and water resources in the Ili-Balkhash region
Ms. Anna Kaplina, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Impacts of climate change on hydropower: the case of the transboundary
Mesta/ Nestos river
Mr. Charalampos Skoulikaris, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki- International
Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans (INWEB)



Improving resilience of water supply and sanitation in extreme events
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the UNECE Water Convention



Session 4: Planning water management under uncertainty



Twin2Go – Best practices and policy lessons on adaptive water governance
Ms. Annika Kramer, Adelphi, Germany



Adaptation strategy for water resources of a pilot river basin in the Czech
Ms. Magdalena Mrkvickova, T.G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, Czech



Southern African Development Community (SADC) climate change adaptation
strategy for the water sector
Mr. Bertrand Meinier, German International Cooperation, and Mr. Kenneth
Msibi, Southern African Development Community (SADC)



Water Management in the Colorado River Basin, a major challenge for Mexico
and the United States, before drought and climate change
Mr. Felipe I. Arreguín Cortés and Mr. Mario López Pérez, Comisión Nacional
del Agua (CONAGUA), Mexico


Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in the participatory and integrated evaluation
of the flood risk management alternatives
Mr. Markku Maunula, Finnish Environment Institute



Mainstreaming economic analysis of climate change adaptation into river
basin planning: a pilot case study in the Lower Dong Nai Delta in Vietnam
Mr. David Corderi Novoa, University of California Davis, United States of



Session 5: Ecosystem-based adaptation



Incorporating ecosystem-based approaches in climate change adaptation
Mr. Pieter van Eijk, Wetlands International



Adaptation responses in coastal ecosystems in the Drini and Mati River deltas
Ms. Miriam Ndini, Institute for Energy, Water and Environment, Albania



Design of environmental flow requirements of Argun River and opportunities
for their introduction into transboundary management.
Mr. Eugene Simonov, Daursky Biospere Reserve/ WWF- Amur Program,
Russian Federation



Water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: initiatives and leassons learned in River Niger Basin Mr. Collins R. U. Ihekire, Executive Secretary of Niger Basin Authority