Pilot projects on the Chu-Talas, Dniester, Neman and Sava (outline of the Sava climate adaptation strategy) and are directly implemented by the Water Convention in cooperation with other organizations such as UNDP, OSCE, UNEP, and WMO.
Based on the experience of pilot projects, a Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change was created in 2013. The creation of this Network is one of the outcomes of the Sixth World Water Forum and coordinated by UNECE and INBO. The network of basins includes the above mentioned pilot projects as well as additional basins from other regions of the world, namely:
• Amur/ Argun/ Daursky Biosphere Reserve
• Drin basin
• Lake Victoria basin
• Mekong river basin
• Niger basin
• Senegal and the Northern Sahara aquifer system
• Sixaola basin
• The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)
• Volta Basin
The latest progress report on activities of the pilot projects and other basins in the global network is available here.
2020: Eleventh meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate Change
2019: Tenth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate, Global workshop on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Transboundary Basins and Fourth meeting of the Global network of basins working on climate change adaptation
2017: International Workshop on Water Scarcity and Ninth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate
2016: Third Meeting of the global network of basins working on climate change (6-7 April 2016)
2014: Fifth Workshop on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins. Adaptation strategies: which measures for which outcomes at transboundary level
2013: Fourth Workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: best practices, success factors and lessons learned
2012: Third workshop on water and adaptation to climate change: Making adaptation work
2011: Second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change: challenges, progress and lesson learnt
2010: First workshop in adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins
2009: Workshop on transboundary flood risk management
2008: International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Water Sector
Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins
Basin organisations and national authorities need to move toward implementing concrete measures contained in adaptation strategies (both structural and non-structural measures), such as flood protection infrastructure, storage reservoirs, green infrastructure or soft measures. Numerous funding mechanisms are now available from climate funds, multilateral development banks and development cooperation partners. However, basin organisations and national authorities often lack the capacity, knowledge and resources to prepare bankable project proposals for transboundary cooperation on climate change adaptation.
The Water Convention secretariat in cooperation with the African Water Facility (AWF/AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the World Bank, the governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland organized training on how to prepare bankable projects for financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins. The training was held on 21-23 June 2017 in Dakar, Senegal, hosted by the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS). Later two similar regional trainings were organised for the Lake Chad and Drin basins in cooperation with the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (N'Djamena, 19 to 21 November 2018 and Tirana, 25 and 26 November 2018, respectively). As a result of the training in Dakar, a publication Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: Preparing bankable projects was developed in 2019 by the World Bank in cooperation with the UNECE, the International Network Basins Organizations (INBO), the African Water Facility/African Development Bank, the Netherlands and Switzerland. This guide helps countries and river basin organisations to identify potential mechanisms and conditions of relevant donors providing funds for climate change adaptation and transboundary cooperation.
The climate change activities under the Water Convention are led by the Netherlands and Switzerland and made possible by funding from Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the European Commission and European Investment Bank.
UNECE also cooperates with AGWA and the European Commission as well as UNFCCC and UNDRR to find coherence and interlinkages between global processes on water, climate change and disaster risks reduction. More information on the involvement of the Water Convention into the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is available here.
A leaflet about the Climate Change activities under the Water Convention can be found here: English, French, Russian, Spanish.