MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO THE PROTOCOL ON WATER AND HEALTH
TO THE CONVENTION ON THE PROTECTION AND USE OF TRANSBOUNDARY WATERCOURSES AND INTERNATIONAL LAKES
Workshop on water and adaptation to climate change
This document has been prepared for the Workshop on Water and Climate Adaptation (Amsterdam, 1–2 July 2008).
It is an intermediary version of the draft guidance on water and climate adaptation being prepared under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and its Protocol on Water and Health for possible adoption by the Meetings of the Parties to both instruments in 2009/2010.
The document has been jointly prepared by the Convention’s Task Force on Water and Climate and the Protocol’s Task Force on Extreme Weather Events.
The current draft is still incomplete. In particular, the final Guidance should include:
Additional recommendations related to water supply and sanitation in extreme events (these policy recommendations should be read together with the technical and operational guidelines on water supply and sanitation in extreme weather events to be developed by the Protocol’s Task Force on Extreme Weather Events);
Specific recommendations related to the transboundary context;
Financial aspects, in particular approaches to costing.
One of the main objectives of the Workshop on Water and Climate Adaptation is to comment and review the draft guidance and to collect good practices to illustrate its principles. Workshop participants are therefore invited to provide their comments to the existing text as well as suggestions for how its content and main message should be further developed.
Acknowledgements The UNECE and WHO-Europe secretariats gratefully acknowledge the funding by the Governments of Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as the contribution of members of the Convention’s Task Force on Water and Climate and the Protocol’s Task Force on Extreme Weather Events and the work of the drafting group which prepared the draft guidance.
The drafting group was composed of Mr. Edgar Pirumyan (Armenia), Mr. Mikhail Kalinin (Belarus), Ms. Tanja Dubrovin (Finland) Ms. Meike Gierk (Germany), Ms. Zsuzsanna Buzas and Ms. Zsuzsanna Engi (Hungary), Ms. Luciana Sinisi and Ms. Benedetta Dell’Anno (Italy), Mr. Henk Van Schaik and Ms. Marloes Bakker (the Netherlands), Ms. Inmaculada Paniagua (Spain), Mr. Christian Goldi (Switzerland), Ms. Natalya Agaltseva (Uzbekistan), Mr. José Luis Martin Bordes (UNESCO), Mr. Avinash Tyagi and Mr. Giacomo Teruggi (WMO), and Mr. Roger Aertgeerts (WHO-Europe secretariat), Ms. Ella Behlyarova, Ms. Francesca Bernardini and Ms. Sonja Köppel (UNECE secretariat). Mr. Jos Timmerman (the Netherlands) was the lead author and Mr. Joost J. Buntsma (the Netherlands) chaired the drafting group.