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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Reducing Climate Risk: Exploring the Role of Water-Related Adaptation Responses, their effectiveness and maladaptation

The session will bring together insights from global efforts at synthesis of adaptation experiences and reflect on the entire spectrum from effective adaptation to maladaptation with a special focus on adaptation to water-related hazards. 

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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Scotland: hydrogen nation

Scotland has ambitions to become a leading hydrogen nation and this event will showcase our vision, attributes, key projects, and investment opportunities. Hear about our ambitious strategy, see case studies from Scottish and global industry leaders and understand the value of hydrogen to our economy.

In this session you'll hear from Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson about Scotland’s impressive political support for hydrogen and why it is so important for the country. This will be followed by a tour of Scotland’s major hydrogen success stories and a panel debate featuring Scottish industry leaders.

 

Register to attend

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

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Building coastal resilience in SIDS and LDCs through comprehensive risk management

Nature-based solutions can help build resilience for coastal communities whilst also being utilised as critical component of comprehensive risk management. Here we identify the building blocks required to use coastal ecosystems for both their mitigation and adaptation value, showcasing the elements required to design replicable and scalable solutions. Practical case study examples will be showcased from across the globe.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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Hydrogen international collaboration

Scotland has ambitions to become a leading hydrogen nation and this event will showcase our vision, attributes, key projects, and investment opportunities. Hear about our ambitious strategy, see case studies from Scottish and global industry leaders and understand the value of hydrogen to our economy.

This session will focus on the benefits of working together globally to realise the benefits of a hydrogen economy. It will feature keynotes from leading global companies, examples of successful international collaboration and information on how Scottish Development International can provide support.

 

Register to attend

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

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Planning for uncertainty through climate-resilient water management approaches

Speakers will present on effective and scalable frameworks for assessing and addressing climate risks, identifying the policies and institutional capacity needed to more widely incorporate these approaches within national climate programs, climate finance, and the private sector.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

 

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Hydrogen supply chain challenges

Scotland has ambitions to become a leading hydrogen nation and this event will showcase our vision, attributes, key projects, and investment opportunities. Hear about our ambitious strategy, see case studies from Scottish and global industry leaders and understand the value of hydrogen to our economy.

This session will explore how the supply chain can gear up in time to deliver the hydrogen economy. It will explain how, for Scotland, this is as much an opportunity as a challenge with case studies from key upcoming projects and leading Scottish companies and a spotlight on skills requirements.

 

Register to attend

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

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Living with climate change; how systemizing predictions of water conditions helps us adapt to a changing climate

This event provides an overview of the World Meteorological Organization’s Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS): A system for monitoring and predicting global freshwater hydrological conditions.

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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Virtual Asia Hub programming

-Embedding Resilience and DRR at the national and regional level by the governments and MDBs

-Building resilience at the local level: tools, funds and best practices

-Connecting local need to the global agendas

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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A new approach for hydro-climatic risk management

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.  

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Climate vulnerability and water resilience in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

Water Pavilion: Virtual Meeting Details (waterforclimate.net)

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.

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