Extreme flooding is currently ravaging countries in South Asia, affecting as many as 40 million people.
With a focus on managing medium and long term national level adaption planning for the water sector, practitioners at this workshop will advance their understanding of how to build resilience, to manage extreme events and other slow onset aspects related to water - such as droughts, floods, sea level rise and salinity.
'As countries progress towards implementation of NAPs there must be scale up of financial and technical assistance.' Sarwat Chowdhury, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre
'Asia is the world's most vulnerable region for water insecurity, impacting approximately 75% of the population. There is no doubt that CCA is crucial to water management. The available water resources are decreasing and fresh water systems are under stress.' Young-hoon Kim Director General of Climate and Future Policy Bureau, MoE, Korea
'Water is the first victim of climate change. Around 90% of disasters related to water.' Dr Jongsoo Yoon, Head of UNOSD
This workshop is co-organized by NAP-GSP, the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the Korean Environment Institute (KEI), Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), and is being facilitated by UNITAR.
'As a key natural resource, water is a multi-sectoral issue and provides an entry-point for mainstreaming climate risk management through the NAP process. As technical and sector specialists, we will work together to deepen our understanding of CCA, with the water sector as a main focus and entry point.' Mozaharul Alam, UN Environment
Understanding climate risk and the international context
Sonam Laden Khandu presented the overview of the process to formulate and implement NAPs, from the establishment of the NAP process through the Cancun Agreement, linking to the Paris Agreement global goal on adaptation. She presented the UNFCCC LEG NAP-SDG i-frame to assist countries in seeing linkages in adaptation options, providing a holistic approach for adaption planning and implementation between SGC and NAP goals. The NAP-SDG i-frame ensures consideration of all driving factors, key players and stakeholders thereby avoiding silo approaches.
Motsomi Malatjane, UNFCCC, presented on Adaptation under the UNFCCC - He stressed the need for learning through policies and programmes to push NAPs forward. He briefly reviewd the LEG Technical Guidelines, developed to provide support to LDCs in the process of formulating and implementing the NAP. He considered the current focus on how to integrate SDGs and how to monitor and evaluate the adaptation process.
Eunhae Jeong UNOSD, presented on water-related SDGs and the policy support system. She spoke to how water is not only a sector but a connector - linking through many of the SDGs. She outlined the indicators on the progress of meeting SDG water goals, based on 6 components: capacity finance, policy frameworks and institutional strength, Integrity, Gender, Risk Reduction and Resilience. The policy support system Of UNOSD is being developed to help countries in achieving SDG goals.
“If climate change is a shark then water is its teeth. Water is a fundamental resource, with cross linkages to all sectors. It is fundamental to human dignity and the source of life.' Eunhae Jeong UNOSD