Please note: Prior to this online session, participants are encouraged to register to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security, and in particular to take a look at Module 3: International Water Law and Module 6E: Financing climate change responses in transboundary basins.
The central question that will be discussed in the interactive session is: What strategies are there to help countries adapt to/tackle climate change within a transboundary freshwater context? What are the legal challenges and how can national, regional, and global (legal) challenges be addressed?
Questions will be collected in advance (through the MOOC platform) and during the 1,5-hour-long session. Panellists will provide brief presentations and then the floor is open to questions in breakout rooms, which offers an opportunity to engage deeply with regional experts.
WHEN: Tuesday 20 April, at 9:00 (London), 10:00 (Stockholm, CEST), 11:00 (Nairobi), 15:00 (Bangkok), 16:00 (Beijing)
WHAT: The session will feature speakers with different experiences to share, discussing the following topics:
- Transboundary Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation (intro to the relevant international law, policy guidelines and best practices).
- UNECE’s experience in supporting transboundary water basins in addressing climate change, drawing on specific cases from the field, and the role of international water law, particularly of the UNECE Water Convention framework and the UN Watercourses Convention in addressing transboundary water climate risks.
- Role of big data in managing consequences of climate change on transboundary waters.
- A practitioner view from the basin, in managing climate change in transboundary basin.
HOW: Registration is required, please use this link.
WHO: Confirmed speakers are (and bios for all will be added shortly):
- Dr. Yumiko Yasuda (Event moderator), Senior Network & Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, Global Water Partnership
- Professor Otto Spijkers (Co-chair), Academy of International Water Law, Wuhan University
- Dr. Barbara Janusz-Pawletta (Co-chair), UNESCO Chair in Water Management in Central Asia, Deutsch-Kasachische Universität in Kazakhstan
- Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary of the Water Convention and co-Secretary of the Protocol on Water and Health at UNECE
- Dr. Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep, Global Lead for Disruptive Technology in the Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank
- Mr. Didier Zinsou, Director of Niger Basin Observatory (bio note in French)
Background: The MOOC on Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security opened in August 2020 by GWP, GEF IW:Learn, and Partners. The aim is to bring together countries that share freshwater resources – giving them the skills to cooperate so that the shared resource is managed sustainably for the benefit of each country’s population. The self-paced MOOC is available on the SDG Academy platform - it is free and open to everyone - but especially designed for professionals who manage and make decisions about transboundary waters.