Cape Town, the city that was on the verge of Day Zero last year, was the venue for the 5th International Adaptation Futures Conference aimed to facilitate dialogues for solutions between key actors from diverse perspectives.
WIN participated in the conference for the second time, as we engage further in the areas of climate adaptation and water governance. WIN organized a session, Water governance to build resilience that benefits vulnerable populations, with key partners, the Dutch Water Authorities (DWA), Global Water Partnership-West Africa (GWP-WA), International Water Management Institute (IMWI), Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network (KEWASNET), and OECD-Water Governance Initiative (OECD-WGI).
Key messages for Adaptation Futures organizers and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that came out of the session include:
- Stakeholder engagement needs to be strategic;
- Adaptive management is need to ensure timely decisions;
- Vulnerable and other communities need to be part of decision making where traditional laws and institutions role needs to be considered;
- Apply OECD Principles on Water Governance as a supportive framework for Adaptations projects linked to water;
- The need to ensure a transparent and accountable process in adaptation financing and projects;
- Open sharing of data and information are important along with sharing learning from projects.
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