Water drives climate adaptation action: according to a 2016 UNFCCC survey of adaptation components of 137 NDCs, water is the most-cited pathway through which countries experience climate impacts; it is also the most-often prioritized sector through which countries seek to build resilience in their economies, their populations, and their natural ecosystems. A subsequent in-depth analysis of adaptation components of 80 NDCs by the GWP showed that 90 percent of countries prioritized investing in water infrastructure, institutions, or governance for adaptation. While 86 percent of countries condition the delivery of their NDC commitments on international support in the form of finance, technology development, and capacity building, only 10 percent have detailed project proposals that be packaged to access the external support countries say they need to implement needed adaptation action. Overcoming this ‘appetite-design’ gap is an urgent need of the day, particularly in the most vulnerable countries where climate change is exacerbating existing water insecurities that threatens people’s wellbeing, their livelihoods, and valuable developmental progress.
Now at the cusp between the Global Stocktake of the NDCs in 2018, and the first round of revised, more ambitious NDCs in 2020, we are faced with a dual challenge – how do we ensure that countries are able to access the financial, technical, and capacity building support they need to translate their water related adaptation priorities to action on the ground? And how do we do so in the most effective and efficient way, in a context of multiple global agenda faced by countries at the national level – the Paris Agreement, the SDGs, and the Sendai Framework – all of which aim to achieve sustainable, climate resilient development?
The process to formulate and implement NAPs can play a critical role in addressing this dual challenge.
Water, as a major channel through which climate impacts are experienced, can offer significant opportunity to build cross-sectoral resilience; ensuring that the NAP includes specific steps towards strengthening management and governance structures for water are critical to avoid costly consequences in terms of affected lives and livelihoods and foregone economic growth due to climate change.
The GWP’sWater Supplement to the UNFCCC’s NAP Technical Guidelines aims to support countries in mobilizing their NAP to translate their water related resilience priorities to action, sustain outcomes, and to do so in ways that coherently deliver on the Paris Agreement, SDGs, and Sendai Framework.
This session will share experiences and lessons from countries and development partners in two areas, in the context of applying the Water Supplement in the process to formulate and implement NAPs:
This session is expected to: