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How to Address Climate Change Threats

GWP, International | 2012-06-24

How to reduce the threats of climate change and to make threats into opportunities? was one of questions raised at the high-level side event ?Climate Compatible Development for Sustainability and Climate Security?, organized on 21 June 2012 at Rio+20. The side event discussed the climate security agenda in the Amazon and worldwide, focusing on ways in which Climate Compatible Development can reduce the threats that climate change poses on water, energy, and food security, and ecosystems resilience. Dr Mohamed Ait-Kadi, GWP Technical Committee Chair, was a panelist at the side event which offered the perspective of developing countries on the topic to contribute to the debate around strategies and plans for reaching sustainable development on the priority thematic areas of the UNCSD: energy, water, and food security. Giving the example of the food crisis in 2007/2008, with unprecedented high food prices which had political implications and created riots worldwide, and making a...

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World Support for IWRM Reaffirmed by Status Report

GWP, International | 2012-06-21

The "Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management" was launched by UN-Water on 19 June 2012 at Rio+20 with GWP Chair Dr Letitia A Obeng as one of the panelists. This Status Report, prepared by UNEP in collaboration with UNDP and GWP, is one of the official UN reports to the Rio+20 conference, and is based on a survey of countries carried out in 2011. GWP facilitated the completion of level 1 and 2 surveys through the Regional and Country Water Partnerships, and is very proud to have been a partner in this endeavour. "The 2012 UN-Water report provides a breakthrough in reporting on WRM. It assesses progress on the application of integrated approaches to water resources development, management and use as set out in Rio 20 years ago. It also indicates progress on IWRM planning as set out in the WSSD Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and confirms that this remains relevant and must be a key component of emerging strategies in the context of...

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GWP at Rio+20: Putting Mountains on the Global Agenda

GWP, International | 2012-06-19

The importance of mountains for the provision of water was emphasized at the Rio+20 Side Event "Mountain Knowledge Solutions for Sustainable Green Economy and Improved Water, Food, Energy, and Environment Nexus" on 18 June 2012, in which the GWP Executive Secretary participated. Mountains have a special role in the water, food, energy, and environment nexus. More than half of humanity relies on water from mountains. 10% of the world's population depends directly on water from mountains, and 40% depends indirectly on water in mountains areas. The following questions were raised by the panel and the audience: As the population grows, from where will the increased amount of water come? Can mountains deliver enough water? What will be the effects of climate change? Is the solution a nexus approach? Which trade-offs are necessary to do? Read a report from the side event. The panel agreed that it is essential to put mountains on the global agenda, linking the global to the...

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North America Is Now Well Represented Within the NANBO

NANBO, Network News | 2012-06-12

Quebec, June 11, 2012 - On May 23, 2012, the North American Network of Basin Organizations (NANBO) held elections for its new board of administrators during its general assembly. Mr. Hubert Chamberland from Canada was elected as President for a second mandate, and the positions of Vice-President were attributed to Mr. José Luis Ortega from Mexico and to Mr. William G. Howland from the United States. Mr. Jean-Paul Raîche from Quebec was elected Secretary-Treasurer. The NANBO's board of directors, which is now composed of members from Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, the United States and Mexico, thus ensuring a better representation of the entire territory it covers, North America.  We, the newly elected members, have a responsibility to invite representatives from other North American countries to join the board of directors in order to ensure that all sub-regions of the NANBO are...

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Some Twenty Organizations Signed the Pact of Marseille

NANBO, Network News | 2012-06-01

The NANBO wishes to sincerely thank the watershed organizations, the local and international partners, and the speakers who participated in the International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) on May 23, 2012. The event, which was organized within the scope of the First meeting on water of the Regroupement des organismes de bassins versants du Québec, mobilized some one hundred participants to discuss two key topics: The IWRM in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River Basin and The IWRM worldwide. At the end of the day, some twenty watershed organizations from Quebec, Ontario, the United States and Mexico signed the World Pact for Better Basin Management, which was initiated by the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) during the 6th World Water Forum in March 2012. The signatories of the Pact with Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks   We wish to give special thanks to the organizations...

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