The OECD Water Governance Initiative (OECD-WGI) is a multi-stakeholder knowledge and advocacy network and policy platform with 120+ active members hosted by the OECD as part of its Water Governance Programme. It delivered the OECD Water Governance Principles, and a process indicator framework in support of water governance improvement processes and policies at multiple levels. As such this initiative and its membership is a great resource, information base and network of knowledge centres. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need help to find information that fits your needs. We can also help in making contact with the Coordinating Secretariat of the initiative at OECD.
Climate Resilience & Adaptation
The Global Convenant of Mayors is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, built upon the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments. These cities hail from 6 continents and 139 countries. In total, they represent more than 800 million people.They share a long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change. They’re working towards a resilient and low-emission society.
The Global Commission on Adaption issued this report: “ Adapt now: a Global call for Leadership on climate resilience“: This authoritative report issued in September 2019 is a global call for leadership on climate resilience. It says that investing in adaptation, and in the innovation that comes with it, can unlock new opportunities and spur change across the globe. Adaptation can provide a triple dividend: it avoids economic losses, brings positive gains, and delivers additional social and environmental benefits. It provides an overview of challenges and various areas for action including water governance for climate resilience.
In a report ” Governance of Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Vulnerable Low-Lying Countries” presented at the Stockholm International Water Week in 2015, cases on Mozambique, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Zanzibar showed how climate change impacts have the potential to undermine and even undo progress in development.
To sustainably develop their economies, adapt to climate change, and reduce disaster risk, the development of effective governance arrangements in a participatory process can play an important role.
During past years the Water Integrity Network has become increasingly active in relation to adaptation to climate change. Some publications on the website are relevant for Wise Water Development, relating to water governance and water integrity for Climate adaptation. Jointly with partners, it shared experiences around the principles during international conferences such as The World Water Fora, the yearly Stockholm International Water Week and Adaptation Futures conferences in Rotterdam and Cape Town, and the Africa Water Week conference in 2018. A related article in English by Teun Bastemeijer “Water integrity to close financing gaps in Africa” has recently been published in “Les Annales Des Mines”. This article relates to investing under conditions of climate change.
We are keen to create links to relevant web sites in terms of our mission, so as to help you in finding other thematic resources and experiences to build resilience in different countries and local contexts. We are aware of a great number of climate related initiatives. Some of these could be natural partners with complementary knowledge and skills, and with a good network and track record in their region, country or state.
However, not so many focus on building resilience, and there are few stories or documented cases with people to connect to for help.
According to the OECD, resilience is the ability of households, communities and nations to absorb and recover from shocks, whilst positively adapting and transforming their structures and means for living in the face of long-term stresses, change and uncertainty. It is also about addressing the root causes of crises while strengthening the capacities and resources of a system in order to cope with risks, stresses and shocks.
These capacities are lower, and risks and shocks more impactful in contexts of fragility that are frequently associated with conflicts. The OECD published a report including a fragility framework with several dimensions applied to a range of DAC countries.
But fragility and the need to build capacity for resilience is important in many more situations and countries.
This is an example of an initiative in California, USA. It focuses on helping its clients to become resilient to an uncertain future through innovation for sustainability; circular economy; reducing GHG emissions, water and carbon; and, pro-active climate adaptation and restoration actions.