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    Workshop: Climate change adaptation means investing in water management: Focus on water integrity and transparency

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    Coordinator: Teun Bastemeijer, Director Water Integrity Network (WIN), Berlin, Germany.

    “Water is the medium through which climate change acts upon societies, economies and environments.”
    Henk van Schaik

    Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)

    The world confronts a future where water resources are depleted while the global population continues to rise and increases in extreme weather events disrupt food supplies and habitations. In response to global concerns, the 2009 Copenhagen Accord pledged to channel large sums, rising to US$100 billion by 2020, to help developing countries adapt to protect against future threats, for example by increasing water storage, protecting low lying areas and planting drought resistant crops.

    Despite major international consensus on the serious consequences of climate change, it is still an arena where the risks and benefits of action are uncertain and where the discourse is influenced by politics as well as by science. Not every extreme event can be attributed to climate change, while environmental degradation may result from human mismanagement, as well as long-term climatic changes. Climate change can therefore be at the same time a real and potent threat and a convenient excuse for failing to address the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources, including water.

    Serious concerns are emerging about how future flows of money into the sector would be managed, with an equal concern about the integrity and process of the public discourse on climate change. Adaptation measures to cope with climate change might end up being largely ineffective due to corrupt practices, if water integrity, accountability and transparency are not put on the top of the climate change agenda.

    Local action is key to creating momentum in coping with global warming and climate change, and can generate knowledge and innovative solutions that build in principles of transparency, accountability, anti-corruption strategies and participation. However, local actions need to be supported financially and need good monitoring and advisory support.

    This workshop and panel discussion will aim to

    Share knowledge and experience using cases and examples on corruption risks assessment in water sectors, advocacy and water integrity measures to help make investments sustainable and effective.

    Formulate recommendations for wider partnerships to help ensure transparency, integrity and accountability as well as stakeholder participation
    in the context of water related strategies adaptation to climate change.

    Explore partnership opportunities to support local action

    Moderator: Ravi Narayanan, Incoming Chair WIN International Steering Committee,
    Board Member Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Former CEO WaterAid, honorary CBE by her Majesty the Queen of the UK in 2009 for water and sanitation services to poor communities.

    Rapporteur: Teun Bastemeijer, Director, Water Integrity Network

    Key contributors:

    Dr. Håkan Tropp, Director UNDP Water Governance facility

    Dr. Kathleen Shordt, Founding member of the Water Integrity Network (WIN), senior consultant with International Water and Sanitation Centre.

    Mr. Emaduddin Ahmad, Executive Director, Institute of Water Modelling, Bangladesh

    Susannah Kinghan, Consultant Water Integrity Network

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