SIWI at COP

Climate risk is water risk. SIWI’s aim in attending the COP climate meetings is to contribute to efficient climate action by translating water knowledge into global policy. SIWI provides suggestions on how resilient water management can be integrated into the UNFCCC programmes and implementation mechanisms. 

SIWI at COP25: Accelerating Action Through Water Solutions

SIWI is expanding its presence this year at the COP25 in Madrid, presenting our climate action ideas and solutions inspired by resilient water management and governance. Just as water flows through different ecosystems and supports various sectors and industries, SIWI connects across a wide range of public and private sector partners in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, finance and science and technology to lead and contribute to cross-cutting, outside-the-box discussions on accelerating climate action. Follow us @siwi_water!

SIWI’s aim in attending the COP is to contribute to efficient climate action by translating water knowledge into global policy. SIWI provides suggestions on how resilient water management can be integrated into the UNFCCC programmes and implementation mechanisms.

SIWI works closely with stakeholders to advocate for the role of water resilience in the development and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). We also have a history of working with business leaders to promote sustainable, climate smart business practices.

SIWI has been actively engaging in climate negotiations since 2009. In 2015, SIWI co-founded the #ClimateIsWater initiative – a collaborative effort involving the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), World Water Council and many other actors to raise the profile of water in the global climate negotiations.

Publications

ACTION BRIEF

Accelerating Climate Action: Building Resilient Cities through Improved Water Governance

In this action brief we look at the role of water management for creating inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Good water governance is needed to provide consistent, adequate and high-quality water services.

POLICY BRIEF

Implementing the Paris Agreement through Water Solutions

Resilient water management is crucial to achieving the objectives of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In this policy brief you will find recommendations for countries and organizations on how to use water solutions for ambitious and transformative climate action.

POLICY BRIEF

Source-to-sea management is key to climate security

In this policy brief you will learn about how source-to-sea management is an important approach for both climate mitigation and adaptation. It draws on a new study which indicates that many countries see a need for such enhanced coordination in their climate actions.

POLICY BRIEF

Managing the Forest Water Nexus: Opportunities for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

In this policy brief you will find recommendations on how to work with resilient landscapes management, which is also integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SIWI’s COP25 events

28 – 30 November

Meeting of the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

SIWI is attending this meeting to contribute water perspectives on strengthening the knowledge, technologies, practices, and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change, to facilitate the exchange of experience and the sharing of best practices and lessons learned on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner.

5 December

Agri-Food Roundtable – Advancing Climate Actions on Resilient and SustainableAgriculture Food Chains for a 1.5 C Net Zero World

This official Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action roundtable aims to increase the ambition for climate action agriculture and food value chains to deliver inclusive, resilient and sustainable systems. SIWI is a supporting organization for this event.

6 December

Water Action Event – Just Add Water: Solutions for the 2020 NDCs and beyond

This official Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action Water Action Event features tangible, real-world examples of how water can assist Parties in achieving their climate mitigation and adaptation goals, organized around the overarching theme of integrated management across the landscape – from forested headwaters to the sea – with a particular emphasis on what both cities and rural communities are doing to take action. SIWI is a leading organization for this event.

Facebook Live Studio: Sweden doesn’t need to worry about climate change… does it?

Experts from SIWI discuss how problems and solutions are much closer to home than we might think, with examples of how climate change is affecting Sweden and how they are being dealt with. The event will take place in the UNFCCC Pavilion at COP25, and be live-streamed on the SIWI and SWH Facebook pages.

Watering the National Climate Plans

This event will present the state of the art of water in National Adaptation Planning. A high-level panel will analyze whether water is included in the NDCs and NAPAs; what countries are doing to work with other ministries to help address water in the context of climate planning – both for mitigation and adaptation; and how the water community can better assist in ensuring that water is prioritized in national climate planning.

Joint event between Stockholm and Madrid: Young Water Solutions for Sustainable Development

This joint event at Norrsken House in Stockholm and the Nordic Pavilion in Madrid will feature young innovators and Stockholm Junior Water Prize-finalists from Sweden and Spain, sharing their solutions to challenges in water availability, energy, and waste management, as well as challenges related to the lack of knowledge of climate change impacts. Watch the livestream here.

9 December

Roundtable on Life below Water (SDG 14) and on Land (SDG 15) – Linkages with Human Activities

This official Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action event discusses how ecosystem-based approaches and nature-based solutions (NbS) to climate action (including ecosystem-habitat restoration and management of human activities) can deliver concurrent social, economic, and environmental benefits and build resilience, when integrated and mainstreamed into planning of human activities in ocean and coastal zones, and in land-use and habitats. SIWI is a supporting organization for this event.

Climate Action Studio interview with Maggie White (SIWI) and Ingrid Timboe (AGWA)

This interview will focus on inspiring examples of organizations taking action to fight climate change and provide glimpses from the second meeting of the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures (KCI) in Madrid – what does it mean for implementation of the Paris Agreement, and why it is important? Check out the interview at the Climate Action Studio YouTube channel.

Roundtable on Building a Resilient Future Through Water (SDG 6)

This official Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action event aims to make concrete the interlinkages between water and climate and spotlight water solutions toward ambitious and transformative climate action. It will demonstrate that resilient water management not only contributes to climate adaptation, it also has the potential to mitigate climate change, and it is crucial to achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC’s Paris Climate Agreement. SIWI is a leading organization for this event.

10 December

Roundtable on Circular Economy: Cities and buildings as agents of climate action

This official Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action session will look at how circular economy principles can be applied in the built environment to drive climate action. It will also look into the role and needs of key actors of the circular economy and the pivotal instruments national and local governments as well as industry can use to operationalise the circular economy. SIWI is a supporting organization for this event.

UN-Water side event: Climate-resilient Water Management Approaches

This UN-Water event aims to inform participants and UNFCCC negotiators key finding findings of the UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water, supported by case studies presented by member states and experts on several themes identified by the Policy Brief. SIWI is a leading organization for this event.

11 December

UNESCO side event: Source to sea and climate action

The panel will emphasize the importance of scientific cooperation and connecting scientific research, policy development and action, and will develop a set of recommendations to enhance interface and interconnections among different components of the Source-to-Sea flow pathway. Birgitta Liss Lymer, SIWI/S2S Platform, is one of the speakers.

Additionally, SIWI staff is participating in the following official events and processes as an observer:

3 and 4 Dec – Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture
3 and 4 Dec – Local Communities and Indigenous People’s Platform
5 Dec – High Level Event on Forests
6 Dec – Nairobi Work Programme on Oceans
7 Dec – Roundtable UNFCCC-CBD-UNCCD

To address the climate crisis effectively, we must raise awareness about the many water-related solutions that are needed for both adaptation and mitigation.

Resilient water management plays a key role in tackling climate change and is crucial to achieving the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is especially important for vulnerable groups and low-income countries, since they typically suffer disproportionally from the impacts of climate change.

In 2020, countries are expected to demonstrate how they are implementing their nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement and to readjust their plans so that the global temperature rise can be kept under 1.5 degrees Celsius. This requires the collective ambition to increase more than fivefold. Even to stay below a 2-degree increase calls for a threefold rise in the level of ambitions, according to the UNEP Emissions Gap report.

Such a massive undertaking should challenge us to focus on the most effective solutions, for both mitigation and adaptation, and they are often linked to water. SIWI is tirelessly raising this perspective in all meetings at the COP. We co-lead the water related events and content within the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and work closely with the Global Climate Action UNFCCC team. Over the past ten years SIWI has actively participated in climate negotiations and have managed, with several key partners, to raise the profile of water.

A main focus for SIWI is to provide advice and share best-practice examples as an active partner to governments, cities and businesses looking for smart water-related climate solutions.

Below are some inspiring examples.

Water, landscapes and climate change

  • Sustainable management of water in the landscape can contribute to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. It can enhance carbon stocks and sinks as well as support adaptation of forest management and agriculture to more extreme climate conditions.
  • More investment is needed in agroforestry, water harvesting, new water-efficient crops and other techniques that help farmers cope with climate-related risks.
  • The forest-water nexus needs to be considered and integrated into both policy and practice and effectively monitored.

Water for disaster risk reduction and city resilience

  • In a rapidly urbanizing world, we must rethink how cities are built to ensure that there are green zones that act as carbon sinks, allow for groundwater infiltration, and act as buffers against extreme weather. With an expected rise in water-borne infections, access to safe water and sanitation must be prioritized. Across the world, cities are joining forces to share best-practices and collaborate on smart climate and water solutions. The City Water Resilience Approach, run by Arup and SIWI, is one inspiring example. SIWI often acts as an advisor to cities and local governments.
  • Preserved forests and wetlands serve as buffers in flood-prone areas. A growing number of cities are working actively to preserve wetlands which has significantly reduced the risk of flooding.
  • Resilient water resource management can contribute to preventing and reducing the impacts of natural hazards. To succeed, coordination is needed between sectors such as energy, water supply and sanitation, agriculture, and cities.

Freshwater and oceans – a source-to-sea approach

  • Agriculture, energy, fisheries, cities, infrastructure, and water abstraction and treatment must all be collectively engaged in planning, operations, and management from source to sea.
  • Source-to-sea management involves system-wide thinking and acknowledges the interdependencies of flows and services throughout river basins, deltas, coasts and marine areas. By addressing these linkages, it is possible to achieve much-needed coordination across institutions, sectors and public uses.
  • Interest in the Source-to-Sea methodology is rising since it provides tools for analyzing and prioritizing at a time when more and more countries seek to include ocean-related initiatives in their revised nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
One world. One climate. One convention for transformative change. The COP brings together 196 member States, plus the European Union, to address the challenges of global warming.

The COP stands for the “Conference of the Parties.” It is the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP was put in place to structure the efforts of the member States as they address climate change.

The COP meets annually to review and assess the implementation of the UNFCCC and any other legal instruments the body adopts with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.  These annual UN climate change conferences are commonly referred to as COP. The COP event in Spain will mark the 25th annual meeting, hence COP25.

The main objective of the Framework Convention and its related legal instruments are to stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The term “anthropogenic” refers to the effects caused by human activity. The most notable legal instruments developed and adopted by the COP include the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

The Convention stipulates, “Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.”

For more information, please visit the COP25 website

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SIWI at COP24: From Policy to Action

SIWI will be organizing several events at COP24 discussing how to move from policy to action. Given water’s role as an essential connector between sectors, we’re working with partners in other focal areas including agriculture, energy, biodiversity and industry to deliver events that provide proven examples and tools for building water resiliency and climate adaptation.

Following the success of the first Water Action Day at COP22 and, co-organized by SIWI, this year’s Water Action event will build on our achievements in mainstreaming water into the global climate action agenda and emphasise the role of water wise management to climate mitigation and adaptation. This year’s session will highlight water-smart climate solutions for both the private sector and Parties looking to strengthen and enhance their National Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Highlighted Events:

GCA Water Action Event

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GCA Cross-cutting roundtable: Land Use, Water and Energy

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Side event on DRR and water

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SIWI at COP23: From Policy to Action

SIWI will be organizing a number of events at COP23 discussing how to move from policy to action. We’re working with stakeholders in business, municipal government and civil society to deliver events that provide proven examples and tools for building water resiliency and climate adaptation.

Following the success of the first Water Action Day at COP22, co-organized by SIWI, this year’s Water Action Day events will build on our achievements in mainstreaming water into the global climate action agenda, enabling climate and water actors and their allies to learn from one another and engage as full partners in achieving a sustainable and resilient climate future for all people.

Given water’s role as an essential connector between sectors, this year’s program has been developed with our allies in other focal areas including Agriculture, Energy, Cities, Industry, Oceans, Biodiversity and Gender, and is focused on exploring the critical linkages between water and the global climate adaptation, mitigation and finance agendas.

Highlighted Events:

Imagine our world with +4°C: coping with the impacts of climate change on water for SDG 6, 11 & 14
SIWI, French Water Partnership

Water Action Day

The blue trinity: climate change, freshwater and oceans
SIWI, Source to Sea Action platform

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SIWI at COP22: From Policy to Action

SIWI will be hosting a number of events at COP22 discussing how to move from policy to action. We’re working with stakeholders in business, municipal government and civil society to deliver events that provide proven examples and tools for building water resiliency and climate adaptation.

Download our full programme here:

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Highlighted Events:

Water management for business success and resilience – Nordic Pavilion
SIWI, CDP

Water solutions for resilient cities – Nordic Pavilion
SIWI, City of Stockholm

Capitalizing on water and multi-stakeholder engagement for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement
SIWI, AGWA, CDP, FWP, GWP, INBO, IUCN, UNECE, UNESCO-IHP, WaterAid, World Water Council

Water, a connector for successful NDC implementation
SIWI, GWP, REC

COP21: Prioritizing Water in the Climate Agenda

SIWI attended COP21 to promote the inclusion and prioritization of water within the climate talks. Through several side-events with a variety of stakeholders and the launch of the #ClimateIsWater initiative, water was given a high profile at the conference.

The message that had been repeated again and again by the end of the conference in Paris was that “water is not a sector but a connector”; being at the confluence of climate adaptation and mitigation, water offers solutions for reinforcing strategies between the two. SIWI left the conference feeling energized and ready to start turning policy into action.

SIWI and the #ClimateIsWater initiative key messages

 

Uniting voices for water action

#WaterIsClimate

SIWI, along with the World Water Council, launched the #ClimateIsWater initiative at COP21. This international initiative is an effort to elevate the visibility of water within the UNFCCC climate change discussions by reaching out to the climate community at every level for better consideration of water issues.

SIWI + #ClimateIsWater Key messages:

  • Water connects sectors – from energy and forests to agriculture and tourism, water has a critical role to play in both mitigation and adaptation
  • Climate change impacts water resources first and foremost
  • Women’s lives are the most impacted when facing the adverse effects of climate change, but they are also crucial agents of change
  • Food security, improved nutrition and health will only be achievable if there is water security
  • Sustainable urban water management enables climate resilience in cities
  • Water-wise climate financing is a good investment for all

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

As of 2014, SIWI hosts the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) secretariat and together with the World Bank chairs the steering committee. The intention of the Alliance is to bridge policy and field based activities, making it a great fit with SIWI’s own objectives.

SIWI coordinates the network’s policy group, which consists of like-minded organisations that are particularly engaged in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The policy group members contribute to the AGWA mission and purpose, which includes bridging local climate adaptation and water management practices to the global policy level. The policy group shares knowledge and strengthens cooperation.

In advance of COP23, the policy group prepared two position papers connecting climate with this year’s focal SDGs — 2 (Food) and 11 (Cities) — through the medium of water.

For more information about AGWA visit:  http://alliance4water.org/

Water is what binds together all the aspects of climate change. Climate change is water change.

Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI