Connect with GRP at World Water Week 2019

GRP Areas of work: Knowledge Policy Theme: Water

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) is participating in three sessions at this year’s World Water Week and invites you to connect with us on site and online via the #wwweek hashtag. Our event sessions all focus on highlighting the successes, research tools, innovations and partnerships building resilient water and food secure communities around the globe.

GRP WWW Events

From Success to Scale: Improving rainfed Agriculture in Africa

When: Sunday 25 August 14:00-15:30 Room: M5

Led by AU SAFGRAD, Global Green Growth Institute and others, this session will present successes and lessons learnt in implementation of rainfed agriculture initiatives in Africa. It will focus on limitations and opportunities for action for scaling up successful initiatives across policy and investment circles.

Leaving no one behind: Building resilient water and food systems

When: Monday 26 August 16:00-17:30 Room: L8

Changing the game: Drawing on GRP partners case studies , this session will explore the role that innovative technologies, tools and partnerships play in building resilient water and food systems at the intersection of vulnerable and fragile communities. Led by GRP and Co-hosted with GEF, USAID, SADC, IWMI and World Bank, the session outcome includes a discussion on policy opportunities to change the game.

Launching a roadmap for a revised freshwater planetary boundary

When: Tuesday 27 August 16:00-17:30     Room: L11

Acknowledging 10 years of Planetary Boundaries: Led by Stockholm University, this interactive session brings together a range of stakeholders to showcase a new roadmap towards a comprehensive freshwater boundary that includes atmospheric water, soil moisture and frozen water going beyond the current boundary that uses surface and ground water only as proxy indicators. The session culminates in a debate on how this dynamic model can be applied in policy and governance. GRP Programme Director, Dr. Nathanial Matthews, will contribute as a panelist on the planetary boundaries discussion.


Useful Resources

Hot off the Press: Wellspring: Source Water Resilience and Climate Adaptation, a new report from the Global Resilience Partnership, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and The Nature Conservancy. The report, introduced by Henk Ovink, UN Special Envoy International Water Affairs, analyses the failures of traditional water management to adapt to changing water flows and consumption needs. It demonstrates how Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and empowering women can help build water security and resilience in the face of a changing climate.


Wayfinder is a process guide for resilience assessment, planning and action in social-ecological systems. It represents the frontier in resilience and sustainability science, synthesized into a clear, coherent and hands-on approach.

Outcome Report, Africa Climate Week: Stepping Up Action on Building Climate Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems in Africa

Taking action on building resilient food and agriculture systems is a consistently highlighted priority for African countries from top African leadership to individual farmers representing the diverse African landscapes. Over 400 people were present at the Stepping Up Action event. From representatives of African Development Bank to African Union Commission to CSOs, local grassroots organizations and farmers from Eastern and Western Africa – all agreed for the need to accelerate existing actions and scale up initiatives to address the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Especially for those especially impacted by climate variability, weather extremes, and other systemic stresses.


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