Featured image: Stock Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation Today, as the interconnectedness between climate-induced risks and water has become more apparent and the impacts from increased frequency of water related hazards such as droughts, floods and extreme heat waves have become more frequent and severe, the global climate negotiations have taken note. Ten years ago, therewere very few discussions on water in the climate change negotiations. While water events have become the normduring global climate negotiations, another gap has been noticed. “Water needs to become mainstream as the climate impacts are felt through water and over 90% National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and virtually all National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), prioritise water. There is little time to act and the window of opportunity to build resilient water management systems is fast closing,” stated GWP. GWP has established project preparation partnerships in Africa, Asia, and plans are underway in Latin America and the Caribbean. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development In 2011, GWP noticed a disconnect – a lackof coherence in the global negotiations on climate change, national developmentplanning and water management – and decided to do something to address the gap. Many questions to address Water has come a longway in the global climate change negotiations, GWP noted. This led to the launch of the Global Water Climate Development Programme (WACDEP), the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) with the World Metrological Organization (WMO), as well as a scaled-up Associated Flood Management Programme (APFM), also with WMO. The conversations on water and adaptation are one-sided, driven by the water community. In many ways, water is still on the margins of the solutions for climate change in climate change negotiations. The newinitiative is called Water ResilienceFrontiers: Pathways for transformational Climate Resilient Water Security in2030 and Beyond. As part ofthe initiative, UNFCCC is convening a Resilience Lab for the entire duration ofCOP25 in Madrid. Water is on the climate agenda – but more is needed BRICS Water is a key topic set for discussion at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference. Click here to register to attend or for more information about the event. Building resilience to the adverse effects of climate change on water requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term outlook stated GWP. “How can we enhanceour creativity and develop our sensitivity to the world without engaging withartists? How can we conceive of a climate-resilient water future for the worldecosystem without being mindful?” “How can we mitigate future climate-induced water risks without factoring in the possible evolution of emerging social trends powered by a sustainability ethos, such as local and organic production and consumption practices? How can we think long term without using the tools of futurists and foresight experts, and applying new skills to envision and co-create the future? TAGSClimate changeParis Agreementwater resources Previous articleEU-funded project on Digital Global Biogas Cooperation kicks-offNext articleSiemens to equip an Indian coal plant with digital twin solutions Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Using practical examples of climate hotspots such as the Aral Sea, Lake Chad, City of Cape Town and others, the Water Resilient Frontiers’ initiative will explore these questions, learn from practice and foster long term thinking about water resilience beyond 2030. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Read more about the water sector Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The organisationraised the questions: “How can we envision the whole spectrum of future waterchallenges and opportunities without considering the impacts of digitaltransformation including implications of artificial intelligence, big data,blockchain and biotechnology? In the last 18 months, in collaborationwith the Green Climate Fund (GCF), GWP has supported over 77 countries toaddress constraints faced on accessing climate finance from the GCF toimplement well prioritised and sequenced climate resilience water projects. Working with partners, GWP has supported over 60 countries to improve their resilience to climate change and influenced over $1.2 billion in water-related investments. Global Water Partnership (GWP) is collaboratingwith the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)secretariat and other partners to create a vision and plausible water solutionsof a desirable climate-resilient future in 2030 and beyond.