UNESCO’s Division of Water Sciences, together with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), will host a series of webinars introducing the technical and practical components of bottom-up approaches, spanning a range of topics and underscored by examples of real-world applications.

Webinars will take place on a monthly basis in the lead up to a global conference on Climate-Resilient Water Management Approaches being organized by the same institutions and tentatively set for November 2020. The webinars are intended for technical water management professionals as well as individuals working in climate / water policy and planning.

All webinars will take place on the Zoom webinar platform. Advanced registration is required. Participation is free of charge. Videos of past webinars will be made available after each event.

July – October 2020

14:00–15:30 UTC

UNESCO's Division of Water Sciences
International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM)

WEBINAR 1 - An Introduction to Bottom-Up Approaches

Thursday, July 16, 2020
14:00–15:30 UTC (16:00–17:30 CEST)

Climate change is accelerating even as countries across the globe devise strategies to mitigate its impacts and adapt to new normals. The effects of climate change are most acutely felt through impacts on the water cycle and water-related extreme events. In order to ensure water supply for humans and the environment while simultaneously meeting the world’s ambitious climate and development goals, decision makers and regulators will need to adopt a new paradigm for resilient water management that embraces the uncertain future ahead.

During this webinar, participants will be introduced to bottom-up approaches for resilient water management — their evolution, their potentials for application, and examples of successful implementation. Presenters will discuss the means by which decision makers, policymakers, and even practitioners can better address uncertainties through the use of new frameworks such as Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), published by UNESCO and ICIWaRM, and the World Bank’s Decision Tree Framework. Case studies from Thailand and Mexico will highlight key elements of these complementary approaches and the wide-ranging stakeholders involved. Following a set of presentations, participants will join the conversation through a moderated panel discussion.


Abou Amani, Director, a.i., Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO, Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP)
Gert Verreet, Flemish Government, Department Economy Science and Innovation (EWI), Belgium
Will Logan, Director, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM)

John Matthews, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
Guillermo Mendoza, Senior Water Resources Engineer, ICIWaRM
Sarah Freeman, Water Resources Engineer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Anil Mishra
, Programme Specialist, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO

About the Knowledge Platform

The Knowledge Platform is designed to promote and showcase an emerging set of approaches to water resources management that address climate change and other uncertainties — increasing the use of "bottom-up approaches" through building capacity towards implementation, informing relevant parties, engaging in discussion, and creating new networks. This is an ongoing project of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) funded by the World Bank Group.

Contact AGWA

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
7640 NW Hoodview Cir.
Corvallis, Oregon 97330

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