This “Global Workshop on Water, Agriculture and Climate Change” was organized under the auspices of the Water Convention serviced by UNECE, under the leadership of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with the Adaptation Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
It intended to discuss the challenges and solutions to achieve IWRM and in particular the water and agriculture nexus in a context of climate change.
By 2050 some 60 percent more food - up to 100 percent in developing countries - is expected to be needed in order to feed the world while agriculture will continue to be the largest user of water globally, accounting in many countries for around two-thirds or more of supplies drawn from rivers, lakes and aquifers. This has important implications for the adaptation of water systems at the watershed and basin levels, both in terms of water allocation between agriculture and other water uses and of environmental externalities. Next to that, adaptation of agricultural practices are needed to account for the reduced water availability.
Understanding intersectoral impacts opens crucial opportunities for cooperation benefits that transboundary water cooperation can leverage.
The workshop brought together 170 participants representing the water and agriculture communities as well as climate change experts to jointly discuss best practices and lessons learned in addressing water scarcity and water quality through improving climate adaptation and equitable and sustainable water allocation on the national and transboundary levels.
Take away messages from the workshop will constitute discussion material at dedicated sessions/side events organised during the upcoming COP 27 in Egypt.
The workshop was followed by the thirteenth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention on 19 October 2022, which reviewed all climate change activities as well as plans for the future under the Convention.
You can check the overall program of the Global workshop here or the presentations made during its sessions (see below).