Climate impacts on water: high-level panel session and publications launch
Achieving and maintaining water security is increasingly challenging under current climatic variability and projected climate change, especially in vulnerable areas such as mountainous and arid regions. Therefore, there is a need to identify pathways to integrate the science-based understanding of climate impacts on water security into mitigation and adaptation policies.
As a response, three key publications were developed through regional scientific cooperation focussing on the impact of glacier melt on water resources in the Andean countries and the assessment of drought hazards in the Latin American and Caribbean region. These publications are direct outcomes from the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) implemented projects on “The Impact of Glacier Retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies” and “Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation Responses in Africa, Asia and Latin America and Caribbean” supported by Flemish UNESCO Trust Fund for Science (FUST).
During this half-day event, the publications will be launched during the thematic high level panel session which will highlight the implications for the fragile ecosystems and communities in these vulnerable areas. Through these outreach publications and the panel session, the event will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals 6, 11, and 13, by providing assessments of climate change impacts on water resources, as well as adaptation pathways to address water-related hazards to build sustainable societies. These sessions will be also contribute to the 24th Conference of Parties (COP-24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in December 2018, and in preparation for the proposed UN International Year of Snow and Ice, to be held in 2020.