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The road to Copenhagen

FAN nominated a speaker to present the ‘perspective of southern civil society on water and climate change adaptation’ during one of a series of meetings and negotiations in Bonn leading up to COP-15.

Unfortunately the nominated speaker, FANSA Convenor Ramisetty Murali, had to cancel at the last minute so FAN’s Communications Manager Ceridwen Johnson gave a presentation on behalf of the network. Ceridwen's presentation was entitled: "perspective of southern civil society on water and climate change adaptation".

Here are some of the things Ceridwen was saying:

"Despite being the worst affected, the poor and marginalized have very little knowledge and understanding of the issues. Changes to water quality, quantity and availability will all reduce their access to safe water in the coming years," 

"In my presentation, I described some of the existing local level water-related adaptation techniques used by our members, outlined FAN’s plans to develop a better understanding of the impacts of climate change as well as outlining some priorities for moving forward.

"Broader stakeholder engagement, enhanced sharing of best practice, greater collaboration in data collection, access to information and addressing water conflicts are all key to tackling climate change."

Ceridwen’s presentation was part of two sessions organized by the Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN) which aims to raise awareness of water in the climate change debate by making delegates aware of some of the critical issues so that they might consider them in the negotiations.

GPPN proposed possible outcomes from COP-15 that could help to water management become a mainstream feature of all adaptation plans.

To download all the presentations of that day on "Bridging the water and climate agendas: water - the medium for climate change adaptation"

More about GPPN

Ceridwen’s presentation was part of two sessions organized by the Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN) which aims to raise awareness of water in the climate change debate by making delegates aware of some of the critical issues so that they might consider them in the negotiations.

GPPN proposed possible outcomes from COP-15 that could help to water management become a mainstream feature of all adaptation plans.

Download GPPN Water and Climate Change Adaptation Key Messages for COP-15 (PDF 127Kb)

Also, download GPPN's Guide to Water and Climate Change Adaptation in relation to UNFCCC negotiations (PDF 260Kb) 

Next steps

There are a series of meetings and negotiations leading up to the Conference of Parties (COP-15) session to be held in Copenhagen 7-18 December. 
 
This includes another meeting in Bonn in August, 7th session of the AWG-LCA in Bangkok, Thailand 28 Sept – 9 October, and the resumed AWG-LCA in Barcelona, Spain 2-6 November.
 
GPPN plan to organize an informal meeting at the forthcoming session in Bonn in August, to promote further discussion. They are also in the initial stages of planning a ‘Water Day’ either in Bangkok or in Barcelona. FAN could be involved by presenting work at the Water Day. 
 
FANSA have been asked to nominate a representative to speak in GPPN’s seminar at Stockholm Water Week entitled Building Momentum Towards COP15: A Call to Action on Adaptation
 
FAN is also considering the possibility of co-hosting a side event at COP-15 to showcase key projects that could be scaled up and to give the opportunity to some members to engage in the process and lobby their delegations to raise the profile of water during the negotiations and push for a positive role for the water community in the follow up of COP15.

List of acronyms

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Conference of Parties (COP-15)

Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN) 


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