ICIMOD at the 8th World Water Forum

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Anthropogenic climate change is affecting the entire hydrological cycle and the worst implicated are the poor and the vulnerable communities who live in some of the most fragile geographies—such as the mountains, coasts, islands and arid regions. The challenges of ensuring water security in the face of climate change to these vulnerable population is immense and requires action and dialogues with multiple stakeholders.

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is pleased and honored to lead the “Climate” Theme for the Asia Pacific Regional Process. In addition, ICIMOD is also collaborating with UNESCO, FAO, and Sea to Source Platform of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and participating in sessions organized by them. 

Sessions

Tuesday, March 20, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Climate change, disasters and water related adaptation in the Asia Pacific Region [OS-RP-44]  

Room 5

The Asia Pacific region is undergoing rapid change, driven by twin mega trends of climate change and urbanization, which threaten their crucial water-provisioning services for over a billion people across Asia and undermine quality of life, economic development, and environmental sustainability within the region. This region is home to the Hindu Kush Himalayas – also called the Water Tower of Asia or the Third Pole as this region is the third largest repository of ice and snow after the two Poles. The region is also home to Pacific and other small islands, which are especially vulnerable due to sea level rise. This session will discuss the various aspects of climate change in the Asia Pacific Region and focus on successful case studies on adaptation.

Convener: Aditi Mukherji, Theme Leader, Water and Air, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Speakers and Panellists: Asia Pacific Water Forum; Asian Development Bank; UNESCO-Asia Region;  IUCN – Asia Region; Global Water Partnership – South East Asia Chapter; ICHARM; IWMI; SOPAC;  Korea Water Forum and Arghyam (NGO)
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Tuesday, March 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Mobilizing science for the SDGs through enhanced freshwater ecosystem management in Asia and the Pacific  [OS-RP-46] 

Room 8

The session showcases how the water-related benefits of healthy ecosystems can be enhanced to improve ecosystem services, and takes note of the ecobiotechnologies we rely on using existing science networks for achieving the SDG 6 in Asia and the Pacific region.

Convener: UNESCO Office Jakarta

Aditi Mukherji will talk about the importance of springs in providing ecosystem services and the work on reviving drying springs in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.
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Tuesday, March 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Tackling the Nexus in the Asia Pacific Region [OS-RP-45]

Room 8

Water, energy, land and ecosystems are essential for satisfying basic human needs and development. Access to these resources and their sustainable management are the basis for smart, equitable and sustainable development. Sector policies regarding water, energy, land and ecosystems have deep and consequential relationships. With the world population predicted to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, with 8.3 billion people living in developing countries it will be required to increase food production by 60% during the next 40 years in order to feed the growing world population. Meanwhile, there is little room for increasing the amount of irrigated water against competitive water demands. This session will examine all four aspects of the Nexus and attempt to uncover the complex nature of the Water, Energy, Ecosystems, Food Nexus. Each aspect of the Nexus will be discussed individually, to contribute to a greater conversation concerning pathways to greater cooperation between sectors.

Convener: Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Aditi Mukherji of ICIMOD will talk about the critical role of the HKH in providing water-energy and food services for over 2 billion population in Asia. 
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Wednesday, March 21, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Source to Sea priorities in the different regions [OS-RP-11]

Room 9

This event will present experiences from multiple regions on how to instigate action among upstream actors to reduce land-based impacts on coastal and marine environments, drawing upon experiences of S2S Platform members and other key actors in the regions. 

Convener: Ministry of the Environment, Government of Brazil

Aditi Mukherji will talk about the contribution of HKH as the source of ten major rivers in Asia and the need to give due importance to the source region for sustainable source to sea outcomes. 
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