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.
Knowledge Forum on Water Security and Climate Change
The Knowledge Forum on Water Security and Climate Change, organized by the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (UNESCO-IHP) on 18-20 October 2017 in Paris, France, was designed to strengthen the process of identifying pathways to integrate the science-based understanding of climate impacts on water security into mitigation and adaptation policies. This was achieved through keynote presentations to highlight scientific frontiers, opportunities and gaps in research and scientific uncertainties. The event brought together researchers, practitioners, policy and decision makers, partners and collaborators working in the water sector to share knowledge, best practices and ideas for sustainable water resources management under the impacts of global change. The participants engaged in the crucial discussion of water security in contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainable future more broadly.
The Knowledge Forum addressed water security under climate change by:
- identifying the gaps remaining in the science-policy dialogue on water security and water diplomacy,
- highlighting the role of international networks and citizen science for multi-stakeholder communication,
- identifying climate impacts and showcasing innovative solutions and adaptation strategies to address water security challenges, and
- engaging in a dialogue on scientific challenges to achieve the water-related SDGs and the Paris Agreement, involving visions from young researchers and professionals.