UNESCO Virtual Global Conference

Climate-Resilient Water Management Approaches: Application Towards Climate Action and 2030 Agenda

Online (Central European Time), free, registration required

This three-day conference, organized just ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), will raise awareness and build capacity around new approaches for climate-resilient water management, including their vast potential within global climate policy and sustainable development agendas. IHE Delft's Pooja Prasad, post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Land and Water Management, will participate in a panel discussion on flood and drought management in a changing climate on 27 October.

As our climate changes, droughts, floods, melting glaciers, sea-level rise and storms intensify or alter, often with severe consequences to human lives and the economy. In order to ensure water security for humans and the environment while simultaneously meeting the world’s ambitious climate and development goals, decision makers and regulators will need to adopt a new paradigm for resilient water management that embraces the uncertain future ahead. This is the focus of this Unesco-organized global conference.

Programme excerpts

  • Keynote: Water as Climate Connector
  • High level Science Policy Panel: Bottom-Up vs. Top-Down: Contrasting
  • Paradigms for Addressing Climate Change
  • Launching of the policy brief “Planning Water Resilience from the bottom up to meet Climate and Development Goals”
  • Panel 1: Incorporating climate risks into decision making through bottomup approaches
  • Panel 2: Facing uncertainty in hydroclimatic extremes: flood and drought management under climate change scenarios – with the participation of IHE Delft’s Pooja Prasad
  • Panel 3: Water as a climate connector: water-food-energy nexus. Priorities and ambitions for COP26 and beyond: Aligning climate policy and finance Institutionalizing solutions: Stakeholder buy-in and capacity building



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