Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

L'eau, les changements climatiques et l'environnement

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Changes to water quality, quantity and availability will all reduce access to safe water in the coming years and will be felt most by the poor. But despite being the worst affected, the poor and marginalized have very little knowledge and understanding of the effect of climate change on water resources. 

Influencing the climate change negotiations
FAN is working in partnership with the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC), who have been leading efforts to ensure a Copenhagen outcome that clearly recognizes the importance of water. This year, together with the WCC, FAN will demand that a 'Work Programme on Water' is integrated into the climate change negotiations process, to make 'space' for water adaptation and ensure mitigation is discussed by UNFCCC parties.

Keys dates coming up this year

  • 7 September 2010 – FAN will attend the WCC Annual meeting in Stockholm
  • 4 December 2010 – a water/oceans/lands day in Mexico at the COP16.  A representative from each region and the secretariat will attend with FAN MEX playing a key role. Also we know CONAGUA (Mexico’s National Water Commission part of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources) from the Mexico WWF.

GPPN has produced a report, Water World: Why the global climate challenge is a global water challenge, which includes the following key policy messages relating to water in the context of climate change:

  • Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change on the water cycle is critical for achieving the Millennium Development Goals
  • Integrated Water Resources Management is a fundamental adaptation action
  • Regional and trans-boundary cooperation and co-ordination is required for successful adaptation
  • Ecosystem–Based Adaptation builds resilience to climate change
  • Measures taken in the energy sector to mitigate climate change must take into account water use and availability
  • Climate change adaptation through water management must consider the roles of particular groups and users
  • Responding to climate change impacts through water management requires additional resources, capacity building and sector knowledge-sharing.

For full elaboration of these messages, read GPPN’s report on their website.

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