Hydro Nation Virtual Water Pavilion
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.
The panel will also focus on technological and digital innovations, such as climate information services, and how they can be integrated into policy and institutional reforms to catalyze the transition towards shared prosperity. Additionally, they will discuss innovative approaches being employed by governments and businesses to put aquatic foods on a low emission pathway.
Aimed at those starting out in research, this session will provide practical tips and advice for interacting and effectively communicating science , evidence, and expertise with different audiences. The workshop will have a particular focus on engaging with policy makers and working with the audience as a partner.
This multi-stakeholder and multisectoral panel will draw from the interlinkages between these fields to explore synergetic solutions to improve access to safe water and nutrition in the face of climate change, building more environmentally sound and nutrition-sensitive food systems.
This session will explore changing animal, plant and zoonotic (diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans) disease threats and climate change. The focus will be on vectors (organisms that transmit a disease or parasite from one animal or plant to another) and the diseases they carry, looking at emerging trends and engagement and communication with stakeholders.
More info on SEFARI: Talking Heads: the Scottish Government Centres of Expertise - YouTube
7:00 to 7:30 High Level panel (Dr. Mark Smith, DG, IWMI, Neeta Pokhrel, Chief of Water Sector Group, Asian Development Bank );
7:30-8:30 Panel and videos water management and agriculture- issues and solutions for the region;
8:30-9:00 Synthesis, future needs and messages to the Cop from Asia water interests
This session brings together government representatives of the Global South and of the North, international partnerships hosted by the FAO, as well as business, civil society and researchers to address head on the challenge of salinity (a water scarcity and land degradation issue), which is increasingly becoming one of the important global challenges for food production and biodiversity, due to climate change with significant global impact.
This session brings together researchers and practitioners from Asia and Africa to discuss ongoing interventions, which range from gender-inclusive to more gender transformative.
This session will introduce a new perspective for the combined management of floods and drought, will present the application of this new perspective on a case study in the Netherlands and will describe the ongoing effort to operationalize this new perspective to help governments tackle flood and drought risks in a combined manner.
Due to their geographical location, size and topographic characteristics, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been particularly affected by climate change. According to the recently released IPCC 6th Assessment Report, drying trends will persist in several SIDS regions, the increasing trend in temperature in the 21st century will further accrue heat stress, fewer but more intense tropical cyclones are projected, and sea level will continue to rise affecting groundwater resources. Among the impacts of climate change observed in SIDS, hydro-climatic hazards and more frequent coastal floods are the most devastating and a big threat to water security.
The Division of Water Sciences of UNESCO, aligned with its commitment to strengthen the efforts of SIDS to achieve their sustainable development, is carrying out a multidisciplinary study aimed at establishing a framework for assessing vulnerabilities to hydro-climatic hazards. This framework seeks to support SIDS in increasing their response capacity and to enhance their preparedness facing hydro-climatic hazards through a water resilience approach. Hence, it considers the hydrological, climatic, social and economic perspectives. The framework has been developed in three phases: assessment of hydro-climatic hazards, vulnerability, and policy gaps; the application of a water resilience approach to cope with the identified hydro-climatic hazards and the development of case studies including iterative feedbacks to improve the methodology.