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


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

WEBINAR 3 - Addressing Water Management Challenges through Decision Scaling and Adaptation Pathways

Thursday, 29 October 2020
15:30–17:00 CET / 13:30-15:00 UTC

During the webinar, participants will be introduced to two bottom-up approaches: Decision Scaling and Adaptation Pathways. Presenters will touch on the processes’ history, relevance, and practical applications. To highlight their role in addressing water management challenges, presenters will share real-life examples of case studies that were performed using the two approaches.

The decision scaling approach was developed in order to assess the significance of climate risks and identifying system vulnerabilities in water resource projects. This robustness-based bottom-up approach serves as a decision support tool to assist project planning under uncertainty.

With an emphasis on flexibility as a means to achieve project objectives, the Adaptation Pathways approach allows users to plan a sequence of investments or policy actions over time while taking uncertainty and changing conditions into account. The output is an adaptation pathways map which provides insight into policy options, the sequencing of actions over time, potential lock-ins, and path dependencies.

Presentations will be given conjointly by local and international project experts. Open discussions will be held with the audience via Q&A.

*The webinar will take place in English. Live French interpretation will be available during the event.


Event Moderator
Will Logan, Director, ICIWaRM

Opening Remarks
Will Logan, Director, ICIWaRM

Casey Brown, Professor of Water Resources Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Alexis Dufour
, Long-Term Vulnerability Project Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Andrew Warren
, Climate Change Adaptation Expert, Deltares

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


WEBINAR 2 - Incorporating Climate Risks into Decision Making Through CRIDA: Perspectives from Zambia and Chile

Thursday, 24 September 2020
15:30–17:00 CEST / 13:30-15:00 UTC

Water managers face mounting risks from climate change and other drivers of uncertainty. Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a collaborative framework meant to help decision makers, stakeholders, and water managers assess and address the risk and impacts of climate change on water resources. This webinar will introduce participants to real-life examples of case studies that were performed within CRIDA framework in vastly different contexts.

During the dry season, low levels of water in the Kafue Gorge reservoir affects both water availability and power availability, making Zambia’s capital of Lusaka especially vulnerable to climate-related risks. This CRIDA case study explores the approaches that would increase the Iolanda Water Treatment Plant's ability to deliver acceptable levels of water supply to the utility that serves Lusaka while incorporating plausible climate change risks into decision making.

In recent years, an unusually long drought in Chile’s Limarí Basin has led to increasing water security challenges, with a significant impact on the region’s booming agriculture sector. With input from local stakeholders, water managers have used CRIDA to identify specific climate-related risks and chart a path towards developing adaptation strategies at a watershed scale that ensure continued performance of key systems.

Q&A sessions will be run after each case study presentation, featuring interventions and questions from local project partners. The Q&A will also feature questions from the audience in order to facilitate an open discussion and provide for an interactive webinar.



Opening Comments and Event Moderator
Anil Mishra, Programme Specialist, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO

Marc Tkach, Director, Infrastructure and Integrated Program Management, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Ad Jeuken, Expert Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation and Water, Deltares
Koen Verbist, Programme Specialist, UNESCO

Panel Leads
Chipili Chikamba, Infrastructure Development Director (WatSan), Millennium Project Completion Agency Zambia
Gabriel Mancilla, Executive Director, CAZALAC

Closing Remarks
Will Logan, Director, ICIWaRM


WEBINAR 1 - An Introduction to Bottom-Up Approaches

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

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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