Responding to Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation in the Water Sector

We invite you to our Expert Talk, discussing the role of the water sector in terms of climate change, on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

Climate change is a key challenge of our time. Most impacts of climate change manifest themselves through water – be it the rise in sea level, floods or droughts – they negatively affect ecosystems, economies and the livelihoods of people. In order to achieve the climate goals and avoid severe long-term impacts, ambitious efforts are needed from all sectors – including water.

Half of the international adaptation finance goes to the water sector, which shows that the sector is at the forefront of climate change adaptation efforts. While many adaptation initiatives still focus on grey infrastructure, ecosystem-based adaptation strategies are a promising opportunity to enhance water security, climate-resilient livelihoods, and social cohesion simultaneously, while also benefiting natural systems.

At local level and especially in developing and emerging countries, water and wastewater utilities are among the largest consumers of energy and their operations account for a significant proportion of Greenhouse Gas emissions. Climate mitigation in the water sector cannot only contribute to mitigation targets but also decrease operational costs and increase service levels.

This Expert Talk aims to establish a common understanding of mitigation and adaptation measures in the water sector. Experiences of various projects with concrete examples from Thailand and Mexico will provide an insight on approaches, methodologies and tools.


Robert Kranefeld (WaPo), Mathias Bertram (EbA), Ketpharima Sansud (TGCP), Elaine Cheung (WaCCliM), Ranjin Fernando (WaCCliM), Andrés Rojo (WaCCliM)

Martin Kerres (WaPo)

Venue and date

GIZ Bonn, Saal A 
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn    

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 from 2 pm to 3:15 pm