Adaptation Futures – Special Session

Water governance to build resilience that benefits vulnerable populations

Climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable populations. The consequences of the recurrent natural catastrophes it causes hit both urban and rural areas of the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) hardest. Climate change will continue to damage economic development and environmental sustainability, particularly disrupting the livelihoods of vulnerable populations at the frontline of the battle for access to sustainably and fairly managed water.

Multiple actors are involved in climate governance, but rarely does investment focus on building resilience. This must be addressed with vulnerable populations as full stakeholders.

This session explores the role of improved water governance and integrity as part of policies and practices.

Session topics:

  • Governance and integrity gaps in water and climate policies and practices that affect vulnerable populations
  • Advocacy and building transformative capacity in support of water and climate related SDGs
  • Water governance and integrity indicators for transparency and accountability based on OECD Principles on Water Governance

Session organisers:

Dutch Water Authorities, Global Water Partnership-West Africa, International Water Management Institute, Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network, OECD-Water Governance Initiative, UNEP, Water Integrity Network.

Chair: Prof. Sue Walker, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


  • Community-led integrity initiatives as a trigger for effective adaptation – Vincent Ouma, Programmes Coordinator, KEWASNET
  • Quality and timely information access for local food security in Africa – Keimpe Sinnema, DWA
  • Accountability to communities in climate change adaptation – Barbara van Koppen, Principal Researcher, IWMI-South Africa & Binayak Das, Regional and Programme Coordinator – Integrity Tools, South Asia
  • Enabling delta life-increasing cooperation for good governance to enhance climate resilience of communities in delta regions – Armand Houanye, Executive Secretary, Regional Water Partnership-WA
  • Integrating ecosystem services into investments in smallholder agriculture and food value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa – Levis Kavagi, Regional Coordinator, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNEP
Session ID number S26
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic Food and Water Security, Livelihoods, Equity, Financing and Managing Adaptation
Sector Water Resource Management
Venue Room 142
Date and Time 21 June, 2018; 09:15 – 11:00 AM

For more information on the conference, visit the Adaptation Futures website.