Hydro Nation Virtual Water Pavilion

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As Glasgow hosts COP26, this virtual pavilion highlights how Scotland, as a Hydro Nation, is working across our water sector to respond to the challenges of climate change.

Scotland’s Hydro Nation Strategy was established in 2012, to fulfil the statutory duty on Scottish Ministers to ensure “the development of the value of Scotland's water resources". In the context of climate change, this means that we recognise the importance of responsible stewardship of our water resources to delivering an innovative water sector that supports a flourishing low-carbon economy and plays a crucial role in international development support.

The Hydro Nation Virtual Experience highlights some key examples of this activity and features six tours themed on key areas of Scotland’s Hydro Nation delivery. Please take some time to explore the content and immerse yourself in Scotland’s iconic water landscapes.

You will also find a planner and information on key waters-related events at the conference to assist you in planning your COP26 around water.
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Mitigating floods and droughts – innovative approaches for closing urban water cycles

New concepts, like the ‘sponge-city’ concept, go beyond the traditional supply-collect-discharge-paradigm and propose to close urban water cycles, e.g. by decentral storage, infiltration and reuse. The session will present lessons learnt and recommendations for other cities in closing urban water cycles to build drought resilient water supplies.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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Water: The Foundation of our Cities

This session will showcase case studies and lessons learned from around the world where urban designers and planners are placing water at the heart of urban design to respond to the climate crisis.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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Asia Water Hub at the Water Pavilion: Cities and Infrastructure

Organisers: United Nations Sri Lanka, International Water Management institute (IWMI)
Speakers include: Ritesh Kumar (Director Wetlands International South Asia)
Type of event: Virtual

Live Streamed: Youtube Water Pavilion at www.waterforclimate.net (no registration required)

 

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A net-zero circular water future for cities

The session will discuss solutions for resilient, net-zero and circular water and wastewater management in cities worldwide. Representatives from cities, national governments and the private sector will discuss challenges and opportunities for net zero circular infrastructure systems and governance solutions, while showcasing how urban water and wastewater utilities can play a role in reducing GHG emissions and increasing cost recovery.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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Adaptation and resilience in urban water: Convergence of water and sanitation and climate action

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

With increasing vulnerability to climate change, acceleration of adapation and resilience building in water and sanitation will be crucial to cities thriving in the future. Join us for a high-level roundtable with representatives from government, financing and non-government institutions on the enablers and barriers they face, and the opportunities that climate resilient sanitation presents to accelerate climate action in cities.

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Adaptation and resilience in urban water: Role of cities and utilities in achieving the NDCs

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

With increasing vulnerability to climate change, acceleration of adapation and resilience building will be crucial to cities thriving in the future. Join us for a roundtable with city and infrastructure leaders from around the world on the role that play in contributing to the NDCs and the enablers and barriers they face in adapting and building water resilience in their cities, and hear about the role of tools and approaches, financing and capacity building initiatives in supporting their progression.

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Adaptation and resilience in urban water: Lessons from practice

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

Climate change poses a risk to our urban environment as well as human and natural systems. While mitigation can reduce climate change, it cannot avoid all impacts making adaptation activities essential. In this session we will present three case studies where cities have utilised adaptation and mitigation activities in urban water to create climate resilient pathways that reduce vulnerabilities to climate change. We will demonstrate areas of opportunity to collaborate and potential barriers to implementation as well as focus on the skills and capacity needed to deliver these programmes.

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Resilient cities and regions for all: enabling inclusive climate responses in the global north and south 

11 November 09:15 – 10:45 GMT, Resilience Hub, Blue Zone.

To attend this event in person a blue zone pass is required. To attend online you will need to register on the Resilience Hub portal in advance and use the details you are issued to log into the online portal on the day.  

Hosted by Sniffer, UK Core Cities Adaptation, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) alongside speakers from Climate Ready Clyde, the Environment Agency (England and Wales), Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, ICLEI and Highlands Adapts. In this participative session, we will explore the enablers of change that facilitate urban resilience in the global north and south and how different groups can contribute. We will provide opportunities to share experiences and learn together, strengthening the global community of practice tackling this significant challenge. 

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Joint Water Pavilion & Resilience Hub Event: Water Resilience in Cities and the Built Environment

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

This joint session between the Resilience Hub and Water Pavillion will begin with dialogues between cities sharing the foundational elements and opportunities for  resilience. In the second part of the session, join us for a roundtable with financial institutions, non-government organisations and practitioners on ‘what should be our shared future objectives for water resilience’ and hear about the exciting developments aiming to accelerate action in water resilience.

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Asia Water Hub at the Water Pavilion: Cities and Infrastructure

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