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Knowledge Forum on Water Security and Climate Change

The Forum is intended to:

  • Facilitate, strengthen and develop coordination with the on-going research activities in the different regions to enhance dialogue and further research on climate change impacts in mountain regions.
  • Raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on water scarcity through expert engagement.
  • Generate and share information and knowledge about the environment in mountain societies, promoting a policy dialogue with local stakeholders, national governments and regional bodies.
  • Strengthen human and institutional capital for leadership training on sustainable development of water resources impacted by climate change.



The Project:

The project -coordinated by UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP)- aims to implement activities to develop adaptation strategies that contribute to achieving water security within the context of climate change impacts, focusing on vulnerable regions such as mountains, and arid and semi-arid regions within the framework of IHP VIII ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’ (2014-2021).

  • The Network included broad coverage of projects and partners in mountainous catchments and arid regions around the world.
  • UNESCO-IHP undertaken programmes and activities such as current projects funded by the Flanders-UNESCO Trust Fund: Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean (MWARLAC) and the Andean Glacier project.
  • The water security project is also linked to UNESCO-IHP Water and Development Information for Arid Lands – A Global Network (G-WADI) activities.
  • Similarly, a partnership has been established with: the Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) –International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology (INARCH) project and the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS).
  • Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Institute de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD)
  • Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
  • Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • GRID-Arendal
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)’s Network of Centres of Excellence,
  • Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN)
  • International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWARM) UNESCO-Category 2 Centre
  • UNESCO-IHP International Sediment Initiative

Other invited partners include:

  • International Water Security Network (IWSN) and
  • Center of Excellence for Water Security in the Arid Americas (AQUASEC)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Fund (UNDP-GEF)
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  • International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
  • Third Pole Environment (TPE)
  • Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP)
  • UNESCO Chair on Integrated River Research and Management
  • International Centre for Water Ressources and Global Change