Title: Meeting Adaptation Demands for Water: Information, Finance and Integration
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2011-08-21
Time: 09:00 - 12:30
Convenor: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International (CI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Room: T6

Climate change requires that institutions develop more flexibility in their resource management and in their governance relationships with other institutions. Realizing this goal, however, is not an easy task. Sustainably managing water resources for a shifting climate is a difficult process for organizations, sectors, and individuals. Just a few of the obstacles inhibiting the implementation of adaptation actions involve obtaining enough science and data to guide good decisions, learning, financing new approaches, and developing appropriate methods to govern and integrate complex institutions in new ways. This session is intended to demonstrate how diverse types of organizations can evolve new models of climate-informed sustainable water resource management by creating mechanisms that can enable effective long-term responses to a changing climate. Through the session, we seek to identify what types of obstacles are commonly presented to institutions in the process of engaging in adaptation action, how best to respond to those obstacles, and a set of case studies and institutional examples for evidence of adaptation achieved.


Chairs: Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN, Dr. John H. Matthews, CI, Dr. Tracey Farrell, CI, and Eliot Levine, WWF

09:00 Welcome Address & Introduction: John Matthews, CI & Eliot Levine, WWF-US
09:15 Roundtable Discussions: Barriers and enabling conditions to adaptation
10:15 Summary of key points from the roundtable discussions
11:00 Coffee break 

Panel Debate

Moderator: Torkil Jønch Clausen, DHI Water Policy

  • Michael van der Walk, Cooperative Program on Water and Climate
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Conservation International
  • Monica Scatasta, European Investment Bank
  • Eugenio Barrios, WWF-Mexico
  • Daniel Yawson, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Eben Chonguica, Okavango Commission

Discussion/Question & Answer with the panel

Moderator: Torkil Jønch Clausen

12:20 Session Synthesis: Mark Smith, IUCN
12:30 Close of Seminar: John Matthews, CI


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