UNITED NATIONS AND INBO PUBLICATION
ON WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
IN TRANSBOUNDARY BASINS
ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN TRANSBOUNDARY BASINS
In spite of local uncertainties about the intensity and variability of climate change, the frequency of extreme events that result from it and about its impacts on water resources, it is urgent to initiate now adaptation measures in river basin management, including transboundary basins. Thus, the drafting of multi-year Management Plans for the Basins of national and transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, is becoming a priority and should incorporate these adaptation measures.
In transboundary basins, strong cooperation between riparian countries is needed, and this requires attention to be paid at all levels and in all sectors. For the adaptation strategy to have solid bases, the participation of all stakeholders is essential, crossing the multiple physical, political and institutional borders, and opening it up to all sectors with water-related activities.
Some basin organizations around the world have already taken action to adapt to climate change. It is now crucial to be able to benefit from their experience and to promote exchanges among all institutions concerned by climate change adaptation.
To facilitate this exchange, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have joined forces to initiate and publish this document, which mobilized about sixty experts from international organizations (WMO, GWP, AGWA,...) and transboundary and national basin organizations worldwide.
This publication identifies the field experiments made and aims to provide practical advice through 58 case studies and 63 "lessons learned" about how to prepare and implement a strong, realistic and operational medium-to-long-term strategy for adapting to climate change in the basins.
This publication, distributed free of charge and now published in English and French, will be also translated in other languages.
It is published thank to the support of the Dutch and Swiss Governments and of the French National Office for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA).
It continues previous publications of the partners involved, including the "Handbook on Integrated Water Resources Management in Basins" (2009), the "Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers" (2012), the "Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change" (2009) or the "Report on experiences of Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa" (2014).