Water Adaptation Community

Explore our Community Calendar and register for informal discussions, dialogues or exchanges with peers. Suggest topics in this form for our monthly community meetings. Sign up for our monthly Newsletter. Read about the identified policy insights from the community here (upcoming). Join one or several Communities of Practice to get notified about interesting discussions and content. Learn about mainstreaming water adaptation by taking the Adaptation Journey. Explore the Global Map for case studies around the world on water adaptation.  Upload your own case and article. Watch one of our past webinars with experts and practitioners. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions: wac@gca.org  

Featured Discussion

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Global knowledge exchange - Urban Climate Risk Assessment

13/02/2023 - 15:00 to 17:00

On February 13, 2023 at 15:00-17:00 CET an interactive global knowledge exchange on urban climate risk assessment will be hosted for city officials and risk assessment practitioners to discuss and exchange knowledge on assessing and addressing informal settlements, and exchange knowledge of successes and challenges with implementation, after risk assessments.

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UN 2023 Water Conference - side event applications under processing

Side events can be organized in connection with the UN 2023 Water Conference, either in-person or virtually, by Member States, the UN system, Intergovernmental Organizations and accredited non-governmental stakeholders.

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Group discussion and report announcement for mainstreaming water adaptation

08/11/2022 - 16:00

Water governance is often not fit to respond to the adaptation challenges, being fragmented and insufficiently integrated with climate change planning. National, provincial and municipal governments and water boards hold different responsibilities for putting in place good water governance but sometimes lack capacity and coordination. Therefore, the current water crisis is very much a governance crisis exacerbated by climate change

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Featured Case Studies

The old harbour in Bizerte, Tunisia.
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Bizerte, Tunisia; Rapid Climate Risk Assessment

The Global Center on Adaptation has completed the city scoping and rapid climate risk assessment for Bizerte, Tunisia. The study identifies different climate-related hazards for the city, including floods, coastal erosion, salinity, droughts and landslides.

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The Story of Al Baydha: A Regenerative Agriculture in the Saudi Desert. قصة مشروع البيضاء
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The Story of Al Baydha: A Regenerative Agriculture in the Saudi Desert. قصة مشروع البيضاء

The final update from Al Baydha Project Co-founder Neal Spackman, 9 years in. How desertification resulted from the loss of an indigenous land management system, and how the land has changed since all inputs to the project were ceased in 2016. 

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Parana Delta
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Paraná Delta in Argentina - Climate adaptation practices - Lighthouse case study

The Paraná Delta, Argentina has long been neglected. However, agreements between national and provincial governments have led to the setting up of a network of bases in national parks to conserve wetlands and support sustainable socio-economic activities.

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Integrated urban planning for water sensitive cities and flood prevention
Case Study

Integrated Design and Planning Strategy for Flood Resilient Housing in Nepal

This conceptual poster presents integrated approaches as framework for building design and planning for flood prone areas of Nepal. It concludes with design recommendations for resilience.

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Oslo Vahlsgade at the Botanical Garden Credits Berit Roald NTB Scanpix
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Policy on open stormwater in Oslo - a game changer

The Oslo municipality policy on stormwater has turned out to be a game changer for the city's green spaces and water management. 

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Communities of Practice

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Small Islands / Large Ocean States

On the frontlines of the climate emergency, large ocean states are faced with specific challenges related to water, such as high exposure to storms, erosion and water scarcity to mention a few.
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Urban resilience

Humanity needs to take up the challenge to work in partnership and pool its resources and innovations towards sustainable and resilient urban areas. Disasters, climate change, and rapid urbanization...
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Drylands

Drylands are defined by a scarcity of water, and cover more than 40% of the earth surface. Drylands are present in more than 100 countries and home to over 2 billion people.
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Deltas and coastal areas

Deltas and coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to water-related climate risks. Delta and coastal networks and communities have identified several key topics to work on including subsidence,...
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Innovation, learning and behaviour change

Learning is claimed to be key for supporting water adaptation and the related governance. For this social learning to happen, actors need to interact and support a change in understanding that occurs...
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Water and Culture

Water may not hold memory, but the communities managing the water do. Water managers and planners can and should benefit from a rich past of water knowledge in innovating for water related climate...
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Social inclusion

The Community of Practice on Social Inclusion aims towards understanding how to better do project and program design to pay attention to social inclusion. The CoP will soon publish a series of deep...
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Nature based solutions

Nature-based solutions become more and more important to achieve the global goals within the planetary boundaries.
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River basin and watershed management

River basin and watershed management is critical to ensure a holistic take on water flows to prevent and mitigate floods, drought and maintain ecosystem integrity.
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Floating Development

Floating Development showcases innovative floating solutions which contribute to increasing climate and urban resilience.
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Icebergs in a dark sea
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The Adaptation Journey (mainstreaming)

Communities of Practice and other partners are consulted to identify essential adaptation solutions and principles for national, regional, urban and community level mainstreaming. These steps are developed by synthesising and consolidating existing knowledge and action. Here, national government agencies, regional and local governments and other organisations in the driving seat of adaptation can find guidance and support.  

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Hotspots

Increasing climate pressures mean that attention to so-called hotspot areas is critical, for example coastal areas that experience sea level rise. The area approach is also important to address complexity, as climate change means a cocktail of risks that interact. This demands increased understanding of how multiple risks can be addressed in coordination and synergy.

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