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Water – Energy Adaptation: Life+ – Background

The European Policy Summit on Water in 2008 issued a clear call for stronger cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation and Water. Within Europe, stakeholders from different sectors are undertaking numerous activities and projects to facilitate this cooperation, but a lack of coordination is limiting the results. Consequently, investments of time and human resources are less effective than they could be and opportunities to contribute concretely to the Climate Change discussion are sometimes lost.

The European Water Partnership, together with its partners , is responding to this by setting up a European Dialogue Platform on Climate Change Adaptation and Water. The Dialogue will focus on raising awareness, exchanging experiences and best practices between stakeholders in the Water and Energy sectors, and identify bad practices and mal-adaptation. The Dialogue action will contribute to Climate Change policy platforms and promote concrete activities which willto contribute to European initiatives confronting climate change. A first step in setting up a stronger cooperation on climate change was an EWP-hosted Roundtable event with actors from governments, civil society and the private sector in February 2009.  The Roundtable identified issues to contribute to the conference “Climate Change Adaptation and Water – the need for a stronger Cooperation in Europe” (12,13 March 2009, Brussels).This was organized by the EWP, the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, UNECE and CPWC. Both events provided a clear signalfor the EWP to proceed in setting up concrete activities via the European Dialogue.

Building on this experience and with funding from the European Commission’s Life+ Programme, the EWP launched the Dialogue Platform for Climate Change Adaptation around the Water-Energy nexus. Results  of the Dialogue Platform will feed directly into Water Blueprint consultative process. EWP is being supported by DG-Environment to carry out a series of stakeholders consultations that will contribute to concrete recommendations and input to the European Commission’s Blueprint stakeholders’ consultation process in 2012.

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