The GWP China WACDEP aims to integrate water security and climate resilience in development planning processes, build climate resilience and support provinces to adapt to a new climate regime through increased investments in water security.

By building climate resilience, the initiative will contribute to national social-economic development, coordinate transboundary water cooperation of different provinces, and demonstrate pilot Programme in delta areas and support safe investments in water and economic development, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

With large population, China is a country that is relatively less advanced in economic development, complex in climatic conditions and fragile in ecological environment. China is relatively weak in response to climate change in developing countries since its coal-dominated energy structure can hardly meet the demand of fast urbanization and industrialization and energy consumption of residents. In past few years, the extreme weather events have been vital threats to our natural ecosystems and economic-social development, mainly in agriculture, forestry, natural ecosystems, water resources and coastal areas as well as ecologically fragile areas. Now, water security in China is challenged by the climate change.

The goal of the WACDEP is to promote water as a key part of sustainable social and economic development of China and contribute to climate change adaptation for human sustainability and planet security.

The overall objective is to support integration of water and climate in development planning and decision making processes, through enhanced technical and institutional capacity and predictable financing and investments in water security and climate change adaptation.

The Programme involves six packages (Package 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8). For each package, it has designed activities to support the achievement of and its objective.  It is expected to promote better implementation of water security and climate resilience in China.