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International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Water Sector

1 - 2 July 2008

Amsterdam

The workshop on adaptation to climate change in water sector was organised under the auspices of the Water Convention and of the Protocol on Water and Health to the Convention, following the outcomes of the first meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate.

The workshop aimed to (a) share experiences and thus assist governments in developing strategies for adaptation to climate change in the water sector and the related health aspects, (b) assess information needs for elaborating such adaptation strategies based on well-informed data and information, and (c) especially address the benefits of and mechanisms for transboundary cooperation in adaptation activities.

The workshop addressed institutional, policy, legal, scientific and financial aspects of adaptation in the water sector, including cross-cutting issues such as education. It also gave an opportunity to present to a wider audience the draft Guidance on water and adaptation to climate change, for discussions and comments, and to enrich it with examples and good practices.

As a preparation for the workshop a survey was conducted among non-EEA countries in the UNECE region in order to identify the expected impact of climate change on water systems as well as the adaptation measures planned or implemented (see Questionnaire in En and Ru). A similar survey was conducted by the EEA previously. The workshop discussed the findings of these surveys.

The workshop was open to experts dealing with water and climate change issues from relevant national, regional and local authorities, the private sector or non-governmental organizations from all UNECE member countries as well as for experts from international organizations.

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Information notice

 

 

Provisional workshop programme

 

 

Draft Guidance on Water and Climate Adaptation

 

 

Background document

 

 

Opening session

Welcome speech by the host country

Mrs. Renske Peters, Director for Water Affairs, DG-Water, Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Netherlands

 

 

Opening speech by Mr. Roger Aertgeerts

Co-Secretary of the Protocol on Water and Health, World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe

 

 

Presentations

Session 1: Setting the scene

 

 

 

 

Introduction to the workshop and presentation of the draft Guidance on water and adaptation to climate change

Mr. Joost Buntsma, Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water, Management, the Netherlands

 

 

Key messages of the Symposium “Climate Change and the European Water Dimension”, Common Implemen-tation Strategy activities on climate change and the EU water policy until 2009

Ms. Meike Gierk, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety, Germany

 

 

Presentation of the findings of the EEA report “Climate change and water adaptation issues” and recent developments

Mr. Peter Kristensen, European Environment Agency

 

 

Climate change impacts and water adaptation strategies: Presentation of the results of the survey carried out in non-EEA countries

Mr. Jos Timmerman, RWS Centre for Water Management, the Netherlands

 

 

Water and adaptation strategy: why health should be in

Ms. Luciana Sinisi, Environment Protection and Technical Services Agency, Italy; Chairperson of the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events

 

 

Session 2: Making adaptation work: policy, legislation and institutions

Adaptation strategies in the transboundary context: the case of the Danube River

Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development Romania

 

 

Adaptation needs of the legal framework for transboun-dary waters: challenges posed by climate change

Mr. Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court; USA

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abstract

 

 

Session 3: Reducing uncertainty: forecasting, modeling and vulnerability

Introduction on impacts assessment and scenarios

Mr. Pavel Kabat, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

 

 

Governing vulnerability in transboundary context: the Trialog approach

Ms. Marloes Bakker, Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate, the Netherlands

 

 

The experience of the NeWater project: Integrating environmental flows into water management to reduce social vulnerability - an example from the lower Amudarya River Basin

Ms. Gulchekhra Khasankhanova, Design and Research UZGIP Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Uzbekistan

 

 

Assessment of vulnerability of the Aral Sea basin

Ms. Natalya Agaltseva, Hydrometeorological Research Institute, Uzbekistan

 

 

Adaptation of various economic branches of Belarus to climate change

Mr. Mikhail Kalinin, Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water Resources, Belarus

 

 

Water supply and sanitation after flooding events

Mr. Jim Foster, Drinking Water Inspectorate, United Kingdom

 

 

Vulnerability of forest ecosystems

Mr. Roman Corobov, Eco-TIRAS International Environmental Association of River Keepers, Moldova

 

 

Session 4: Make adaptation happen!

Group 1: Floods

 

 

 

 

Example of preparedness: Experience from Germany

Ms. Meike Gierk, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

 

 

Example of response: Belarus experience in response to floods

Mr. Mikhail Kalinin, Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water Resources, Belarus

 

 

Example of recovery/aftercare after floods: Experience from 1997, 2002 and 2006 floods in the Czech Republic

Mr. Odrich Novicki, Masaryk Water Research Institute, Czech Republic

 

 

Group 2: Water scarcity and droughts

 

 

Example of preparedness: Monitoring of water balances in Hungary

Mr. Péter Kozák, Directorate for Environmental Protection and Water Management of Lower Tisza District, Hungary

 

 

Example of response from the Netherlands

Luit-Jan Dijkhuis, Directorate General of Water Affairs

 

 

Example of recovery measures after drought: Experience in Moldova

Mr. Ion Salaru, Ministry of Health, Moldova

 

 

Group 3: Declining water quality and health issues

 

 

Examples of preparedness: Early detection and early warning

Ms. Martina Behanova, Public Health Authority, Slovakia

 

 

The Protocol on Water and Health as a tool for climate change adaptation

Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, WHO-EURO

 

 

Example of response: Experience of Ukraine

Ms. Svitlana Garienchuk, Center of Ecological Audit and Certification, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ukraine

 

 

Example of recovery/aftercare: Managing the risk of vector-borne diseases in adaptation measures

Ms. Luciana Sinisi, Environment Protection and Technical Services Agency, Italy

 

 

Session 5: How much does it cost? Where should the money come from?

 

 

Dutch experience in financing adaptation measures

Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Netherlands

 

 

Perspectives in countries with economies in transition: the case of Ukraine

Ms. Natalia Zakorchevna, State Committee for Water management, Ukraine

 

 

Costs of water related climate change versus the limitations in financing

Laurens Bouwer (IVM, A’dam) presented by Henk van Schaik (CPWC)

 

 

Session 6: Final discussion on the guidance on water and adaptation to climate change

 

 

Presentation of the key messages by the rapporteurs for Session 4 / Group 1: Floods

 

 

Presentation of the key messages by the rapporteurs for Session 4 / Group 1: Water scarcity and droughts

 

 

Presentation of the key messages by the rapporteurs for Session 4 / Group 1: Declining water quality and health issues

 

 

Presentation of the Workshop's Conclusions