Water and Climate Coalition Launched during the Climate Talks in Bonn

Press release, 3 June 2010


A number of well known international organisations and research centers join forces to highlight the role of water in the context of climate change. The newly formed alliance, named the Water and Climate Coalition, is officially launched today at a side event at the climate talks in Bonn.

The Water and Climate Coalition, formerly known as the Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN), seeks to place water resources management at the heart of climate change policy.

Recognizing that the impacts of climate change on water resources stand to have a dramatic effect on vulnerable people and fragile environments all over the world, the Water and Climate Coalition advocates for integrated water and climate policy responses to climate change.

In connection to the climate talks in Bonn, the Water and Climate Coalition has issued a statement where it outlines a number of issues for the climate negotiations to consider in any outcome from COP-16. The full statement can be accessed here: http://www.stakeholderforum.org/fileadmin/files/wccstatement.pdf

The following organisations are currently members of the Water and Climate Coalition:

•    Global Water Partnership (GWP)
•    World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
•    Stakeholder Forum
•    Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
•    Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
•    International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
•    Freshwater Action Network (FAN)
•    Progressio
•    University of North Carolina (UNC) Water Institute

The Secretariat of the Water and Climate Coalition is run by Stakeholder Forum and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). More information about the Water and Climate Coalition is available at: http://www.waterclimatecoalition.org/

Steven Downey, Head of Communications, Global Water Partnership
+46 (0)8 522 126 52, steven.downey@gwpforum.org

Karin Lexén, WCC Executive Manager, Project Director, Stockholm International Water Institute
+46-739143993, karin.lexen@siwi.org

Hannah Stoddart, WCC Project Manager, Policy Co-ordinator, Stakeholder Forum
+44 (0)7866 660510, hstoddart@stakeholderforum.org