The Usual Suspects: Water, Health, Agriculture

The Bonn Climate Change Conference  is well underway (despite work under SBI being suspended.) As expected, the gathering has produced seemingly endless reports, ideas, and blog posts about every conversation at the conference (including Russia’s special demands). One of the conversations that caught my eye was a side event titled “The connecting link: Water Security and Adaptation.” Ensuring water security, needless to say, is a critical component of adaptation goals. Without it, any other gains would be short-lasting. From the event’s press release:

“An integrated approach to managing and developing the world’s water resources is vital for not only driving world economies, ensuring human well-being and security from hunger, but can also serve as an essential building block for enhancing coherence on adaptation,” said Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair of GWP at a side event at the Bonn climate change negotiations. “Water is the connecting link because climate impacts are largely felt through the medium of water,” she said.

During another side event at Bonn, the World Health Organization, WHO, released “Climate Change and Health: A Tool to Estimate Health and Adaptation Costs”. The document

provides step-by-step guidance on estimating (a) the costs associated with damage to health due to climate change, (b) the costs for adaptation in various sectors to protect health from climate change and (c) the efficiency of adaptation measures, i.e. the cost of adaptation versus the expected returns, or averted health costs.

It is interesting to see health brought into the conversation, especially in the context of European nations and their climate adaptation plans, not simply those of developing countries.

We will have to wait and see what all the various events and meetings amount to as the session wraps up on June 14th, especially in the area of adaptation.

For those of us outside of Bonn, there are always useful papers, ideas and resources as we continue to think about adaptation and resilience. I gravitate towards the agriculture/forestry related efforts, which is clear from what I’ve found most interesting recently:

It would be great to know what others find interesting, relevant and timely in the world of climate adaptation. If you’re reading this, I encourage you to share with me!


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