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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Policy, Accountability and Monitoring: Needs and opportunities for water, sanitation and hygiene

This session will showcase the importance of having the adaptation needs of water supply, sanitation and hygiene services well integrated in the national priorities set by Nationally Determined Contributions, and National Adaptation Plans, and will review success stories from countries that have advanced in this front.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)


Partnerships and Finance for Climate-Resilient WASH solutions

This event will highlight the role that partnerships and finance play in developing and implementing climate-resilient WASH solutions while also underscoring the role of climate-resilient WASH in climate resilience.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)


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.




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


Fair Water Footprints in the Race to Resilience - Global Declaration Launch

Join the launch of the Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints at COP26, a breakthrough moment for climate resilience and global water justice. The Declaration follows the call to action from UK Minister Lord Goldsmith in August to ensure responsible water use throughout our globalised supply chains, to protect nature and human rights, and accelerate attainment of the Global Goals. The founding signatories, including the governments of the UK, Malawi, Peru, Madagascar and Finland together with progressive companies and financiers are committed to zero pollution, sustainable withdrawals, full WASH access, nature-based solutions and drought and flood mitigation within their supply chains by 2030, and invite all stakeholders to join them, to lead us to the fairer water future we all need.

More information at - https://bit.ly/3jKhGzx


Climate Change and Water The Missing Agenda at COP26

Highlighting the critical role of water in relation to both Adaptation and Loss and Damage is essential if practical solutions are to be found. This session draws on the breadth of expertise and experience in the UNESCO Water Family and examines possible ways forward from around the world, especially in relation to governance.

Watch live: Climate Change and Water: The Missing Agenda at COP26 on Vimeo

Questions can be tweeted to: @dundeewater 


Leading for Climate Resilience

Monday 8 November, 08:45 – 11:00, Banqueting Hall, Glasgow City Chambers 

Join Sniffer as we kick off COP26 Adaptation loss and damage day with an in-person event focused on leading for climate resilience.   

Registration link
Password: Climate Ready

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Lolita Jackson, Executive Director of Communications & Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL), USA 
  • Emma Whittam, Highland Adapts Principal Project Manager 
  • James Curran, Chair, Climate Ready Clyde 
  • Iain Thom, Senior Policy Advisor – Climate Change Adaptation, Scottish Government  
  • Shohail Saifullah, Project Associate, International Centre for Climate Change and Development 

Quick fire Pecha Kucha sessions will explore inspirational leadership. We’ll also hear key messages from the Scottish Government’s recent National Climate Resilience Summit and gain important insights from colleagues working on adaptation and resilience from around the world. 

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