GRP at World Water Week

Author: Ida Gabrielsson

Posted on 24 August 2018

GRP is involved in and/or organising the following sessions at the 2018 World Water. Please come and participate and say hello! We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday – 27 August – 14:00 – 15:30 – Room: NL357

Water, biodiversity and development: A magic formula for the SDGs

Convenors: ADB, AFD, DFID, GEF, GRP, IUCN, KfW Development Bank, Sida, SDC and UNEP

The breadth of the sustainable development goals demands that collaboration for water, ecosystems and development objectives improves radically. Ensuring this happens will require a paradigm shift in how IWRM performs. Can conservation be better articulated – by the water and biodiversity communities-of-practice alike – as a key development issue

Tuesday 28 August – 14:00 – 15:30 – Room: FH202

ASIA FOCUS | Natural alternatives to water storage

Convenors: ADB, APWF, IWC and IWMI

This session will demonstrate the importance of sensitive approaches to the preservation and careful use of natural water storage options for the common good. Case studies will demonstrate practical innovative approaches that enhance water security in a variety of geographies and countries across Asia.

Wednesday 29 August – 14:00 – 15:30 – Room: NL253

Global resilience partnership: Building a sustainable flood resilient future

Convenors: GRP and IUCN

A sustainable flood resilient future in a world of uncertainty requires approaches that work with ecosystems. Delivered by practitioners, this event will showcase flood resilient innovations from the field as part of the global resilience partnership water window grants (funded by Zurich Foundation).

14:00 Introduction: The Zurich Foundation and the Global Resilience Partnerships commitment to a sustainable flood resilience future – David Nash, the Zurich Foundation

14:15 The role of nature based solutions in building flood resilience – Dr James Dalton, IUCN

14:30 Three PechaKucha presentations from GRP Grant Project Leaders from the field:

  • Trans-boundary flood risk mitigation through governance and innovative information technology – Nyoman Prayoga, Mercy Corps
  • The impacts of flooding on wellbeing and the role of ecosystem based adaptation in Vietnam – Dr Philip Bubeck, Universität Potsdam
  • Building the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities against floods in Sri Lanka – Karen Peterson, Seacology

15:00 Audience led group discussion on two biggest opportunities and challenges of scaling ecosystem based approaches to flood resilience

15:20 Report back highlights in plenary – Dr Nathanial Matthews, GRP

Thursday 30 August – 12:00 – 12:45 – Room: FH Cabaret

Launch of Stockholm Climate Security Hub

Convenors: Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), and Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)

This showcase has a twofold purpose of a) launching a Stockholm based cross-institutional knowledge hub that will be able to support risk assessment and risk management strategies for managing climate-related security risks, b) discussing the recent development in the UN to strengthen its capacity to address climate security.