Water and Climate Coalition at World Water Week 2022

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Meet the Water and Climate Coalition at World Water Week 2022 and at various sessions and discussions.
World Water Week 2022 is the place to explore new ways of managing water and tackle humanity’s greatest challenges. The Week covers topics ranging from food security and health to agriculture, technology, biodiversity, and the climate crisis. Join us on Sunday 28 August for the session: “Water and climate: act, learn, scale up” on water and climate management and on  September 1st for the “Collaborative action for informed climate-smart water management and policy” session which will focus on the importance of an integrated water and climate agenda 

Online & On-site session
Thursday 01 September 14:00-15:30
Room: 353

Collaborative action for informed climate-smart water management and policy

An integrated water and climate agenda is essential for informed climate-smart water management and policy. The session highlights the importance of high-level water policy agenda setting combined with multi-stakeholder approaches to provide reliable information on the current and the future availability of water resources.

Action to protect people and future generations and rethinking how our societies and economies can adapt to climate change is essential. Improving how we manage our freshwater environments is a key pathway to develop food security, protect health, livelihoods and the environment, build resilient economies, help the world achieve the SDGs, and meet global climate commitments. The development and implementation of climate-smart water management approaches requires fit-for-purpose data and information services that demonstrate how climate change is affecting our water systems.

The Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that drives action for an integrated water and climate approach. During this session, high-level representatives of the WCC will discuss with the audience policy actions – focusing on promoting solutions at the UN 2023 Water Conference. WCC members (international and national organizations, NGOs, private sector, academia) will also discuss actions towards an integrated water and climate agenda, including: establishing global-scale integrated water information services that provide status assessment and outlooks for smart climate and water-related decisions as well as implementing solutions for a sound decision making through a water and climate stocktake; a new financing rationale; a global water data portal; annual state of the water reports and river.

On-site session
Sunday 28 August 09:00-10:30
Room: 300 (Folkets Hus)

Water and Climate: act, learn, scale up

The session will present successful stories of managing water and climate extremes at different levels, and in a participatory way will dissect those to reach three main objectives: reflect on the ingredients of success, identify the main challenges and provide guidance, and determine the potential for scalability.

Recognizing the need to identify practical and innovative climate adaptation solutions that can be applied at all scales, the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Water and Climate Coalition have teamed up to collect successful stories of managing water and climate extremes at different levels.

The first part of the session will introduce the winners of the MiniMax Competition: Solutions for Managing Water and Climate Extremes and will showcase their innovative solutions. It will also highlight different knowledge sharing approaches and practices harvested through the recently launched GWP Toolbox – IWRM Action Hub.

In the second interactive part, the participants will be engaged in a co-creation activity focusing on scaling up of different initiatives, including but not limited to the presented ones. To boost engagement and explore learnings from multiple angles, all participants will be invited to take part in an interactive exercise, where there will be assigned different roles and be engaged in conversations. In groups, guided by experts, they will reflect on the ingredients for success as well as the main challenges.

Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.