By 2050 some 60 percent more food - up to 100 percent in developing countries - is expected to be needed in order to feed the world while agriculture will continue to be the largest user of water globally, accounting in many countries for around two-thirds or more of supplies drawn from rivers, lakes and aquifers. This has important implications for the adaptation of water systems at the watershed and basin levels, both in terms of water allocation between agriculture and other water uses and of environmental externalities. Next to that, adaptation of agricultural practices are needed to account for the reduced water availability.
Understanding intersectoral impacts opens crucial opportunities for cooperation benefits that transboundary water cooperation can leverage.
The workshop will bring together water and agriculture communities as well as climate change experts to jointly discuss best practices and lessons learned in addressing water scarcity and water quality through improving climate adaptation and equitable and sustainable water allocation on the national and transboundary levels.
Take away messages from the workshop will possibly constitute discussion material at dedicated sessions/side events organised during the upcoming COP 27 in Egypt.
The global workshop is organized under the auspices of the Water Convention serviced by UNECE, under the leadership of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with INBO.
Working languages of the workshop will be English, French, Russian and Spanish. A detailed programme of the workshop will be issued in October 2022.
The workshop will be followed by the thirteenth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention on 19 October 2022, which will review all climate change activities as well as plans for the future under the Convention.
The workshop will gather experts from the water, climate change, agriculture, environment communities as well as from transboundary basin organisations with the aim to strengthen cooperation, identify links and synergies between their activities and to share good practices in policy making and implementation. The target audience includes representatives of governments, non-Governmental and intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, academia, the private sector and other experts.
To attend the workshop, whether in-person or virtually, please create an account in indico and register for the event using the following link by 10 October 2022: https://indico.un.org/event/1002378/
Please kindly find some links with instructions on:
- How to create an indico account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeZuft5xQ4U
- How to register for an online meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaEj3hShn6U
For assistance with registration and other organisational issues, please contact the secretariat by e-mail: [email protected] .