Water Adaptation Community Webinar: Putting water at the center of adaptation: an urgent need for a strategy for transformative change

Global

31 May 2022, 9:30 CEST

The purpose of this webinar is to stimulate discussion and increase understanding of how to put water at the center of adaptation and adopt a strategy to transform the current approach. 

Event description:

Much adaptation practices and approaches exist already, but as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) observes, the effort is fragmented and inadequate. For transformative change, the IPCC report stressed the need for joint action across the climate, biodiversity, and socio-economic development interest. Such joint action could boost the investments and benefits of adaptation. Already, such investments yield positive economic and environmental results and produce co-benefits of both mitigation and adaptation.The issue has been a subject of rich discussion and debate from a range of different practitioners, researchers, and experts recently.  The Water Adaptation Community (WAC) has invited some of them to this webinar.

Session Overview
Chair and panel facilitator:
Dr. Osward Mulenga Chanda, Director, Water Development and Sanitation of the African Development Bank
9.30 Introduction and overview of the webinar
Dr. Osward Mulenga Chanda, Director, Water Development and Sanitation of the African Development Bank
9.40 Transformation required, putting water in the center: 
Dr Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher, IWMI, coordinating lead author of the water chapter of the 6th Assessment Report team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 
9:50 Water as Leverage: 
Mr Henk W. J. Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands. 
10.00 Panel, with panellists:
Dr Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher, IWMI, coordinating lead author of the water chapter of the 6th Assessment Report team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 
Mr Henk W. J. Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands. 
Mr Joep Verhagen, Program Lead, Water and Urban, GCA
Dr Feisal Rahman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Living Deltas Hub, Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, UK
Dr Shilpi Srivastava, Research Fellow, Resource Politics and Environmental Change Cluster , Institute of Development Studies, UK.
11.00 Closing words:
Dr. Osward Mulenga Chanda, Director, Water Development and Sanitation of the African Development Bank)