Hydro Nation Virtual Water Pavilion

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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Cultural Heritage & Coastal Resilience

A creative exploration of culture and coastal resilience with British Irish Council members and critical heritage partners. Virtually traversing a range of coastal communities and initiatives, this event will examine the human experience of our coastal heritage, tangible and intangible, in the UK and beyond. Diverse voices will unravel different perspectives on the risks, changes and challenges facing our coasts. Together we will explore how our heritage can be part of building a more resilient future

Cultural Heritage and Coastal Resilience (British-Irish Council event), including Scottish case studies from HES – register with the COP26 Resilience Hub website to access the virtual event space.


Mitigation: Realising the Untapped Potential of Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Climate Mitigation

This session will explore the important contribution that drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) makes to climate mitigation. 

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)


Scotland’s Historic Environment: The Key to a Climate Resilient Future

Scotland’s historic environment is both at risk from the impacts of climate change, but also part of the solution to the climate crisis. At this event, hosted by Historic Environment Scotland, we will explore the work underway across our sector to understand the risks and impacts of climate change.

We’ll also hear about the features of our historic environment that can make it resilient to the risks and impacts of climate change. We will then explore the role the historic environment has in creating and shaping climate resilient places and spaces across Scotland.





SCIAF - The Climate Challenge Programme Malawi in Conversation

Aaron Kandiwo Mtaya and Tapiwa Machinjiri-Gama, two of the Malawians who played a key role in implementing the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi (CCPM) by working with communities to help them adapt to our changing climate will be in Scotland for COP26. 

At this special event they will tell the story of the CCPM and the impact of Climate Change in Malawi both Scotland and Malawi. 

The event will be facilitated by Ian Dunn, SCIAF Communications Officer who will conduct a casual question and answer interview with Aaron and Tapiwa and then open up to the audience for questions and discussions.

This event will be streamed live from the Scotland Climate Ambition Zone and available for you to watch.




Coastal Blue Carbon Panel – The vital role of mangroves for climate change mitigation and adaptation

This panel will bring together governments, civil society and world renowned scientists from Colombia, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Seychelles and Indonesia for an interactive discussion that will promote south-south knowledge sharing

Green zone: Science Show Theatre 

Watch Live: The Vital Role of Mangroves for Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation | #COP26 - YouTube


daption: Building adaptive capacity through climate resilient water, sanitation and hygiene solutions

This event will highlight the importance of building resilient water and sanitation services, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)


Coast to coast: nature-based solutions for climate, biodiversity and people – lessons learned and stories from the ground.

Premiere of an inspirational film highlighting coastal habitat restoration with examples from the UK, China, South Korea and the Cayman Islands, followed by an expert Q&A panel discussion.

Green Zone: Tower Based South

Watch Live: Coast to Coast: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate, Biodiversity & People | #COP26 - YouTube


A hidden treasure: Groundwater as a tool for climate adaptation and resilience

This session will focus entirely on groundwater and the critical role it plays in climate change mitigation, resilience and adaptation. 

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)


Supporting a just transition in Scotland - how do we decouple consumption from growth?

Scotland has decarbonised its grid faster than most, however the reality is that four-fifths of our carbon footprint comes from consumption. This event will explore themes in the Decoupling Report, produced by Zero Waste Scotland and its Decoupling Advisory Group and look at how we can support GDP growth by focusing on a circular and wellbeing economy.


Register to attend

Register to attend these events on eventsair - a Scottish Government partner website. You'll need to create an account to attend.



Virtual Event: Water for Climate Adaptation: Asia-Pacific Perspectives

The Australian Water Partnership is hosting a 90-minute storytelling virtual event to highlight voices and stories from the Asia-Pacific region. As a socio-ecological approach is needed to understand climate risk in our region, and design effective solutions, we will learn through case studies about locally led adaptation in water.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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