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The International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) is present at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is held from Monday 2 to Friday 13 December in Madrid.

INBO is involved in 8 events as organizer and speaker on Friday 6 to Tuesday 10 December to talk on behalf of the river basins, share their experiences and promote exemplary projects that have been carried out in the field. It highlights the contribution to climate change adaptation made by the institutions involved in the basin management of river, lakes and aquifers, with some essential messages:

  • Climate impacts are primarily affecting the water cycle (droughts, floods, unpredictable rainfall patterns, etc.);
  • These impacts on water have a domino effect on all environments and sectors highly dependent on the blue gold, with, for example, a reduced capacity to irrigate crops, water livestock and cool our power plants.

It is therefore essential to establish optimal water resources management, integrated at the level
of the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers!

This integrated management must seek for a balance between conventional grey engineering solutions and green solutions (such as nature-based solutions and ecosystems), which are "no regrets" adaptation measures (effective whatever the climate change scenario). These green solutions with multiple benefits will be highlighted at the COP25 to link climate change adaptation with biodiversity, which will mark year 2020, especially through the major events that are the World Conservation Congress and COP15 on biodiversity, an opportunity to coordinate ambitions for climate with those for biodiversity.


As Secretariat of the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), launched at the COP22 in Marrakech in 2016, INBO is also presenting to the COP25 the assessment and the prospects of this joint effort, gathering stakeholders in basins, cities, businesses, energy and clean desalination, within the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action -MPGCA.

INBO: a historic participant in Climate COPs

Our network has been involved as an organizer in the preparation of each of the official Climate COP events on water issues, since their beginning at the 2015 COP21 in Paris. On the occasion of this first event (that of the water sector finally being recognized as paramount to meet the climate challenges), the little story was mingled with the great: that of the signing of the Paris Agreement, first world agreement on the fight against global warming.

Since then, INBO has organized the official Climate COP events on water in Marrakech (on the occasion of COP22 in 2016, which saw the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action -MPGCA), Bonn (COP23, 2017), Katowice (COP24, 2018) and now in Madrid, with the "Water Action Event" to be held on Friday 6 December, from 10:00 to 13:00. (see the programme)



Our previous COP

COP22 - Marrakech
COP23 - Bonn
COP24 - Katowice





Friday, December 6 10:00-13.00 - Room 6, Hall 4, IFEMA Feria de Madrid

  • Water Action Event:  “Just Add Water: Solutions for the 2020 NDCs  and beyond”

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Moderators of Session 1 & 2 in charge of introduction and masters of ceremony: 
Ms. Betsy Otto, Director, Global Water Program, WRI  -
Mr. Eric Tardieu, Secretary General, International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)

Panelists :
Mr. Bertrand Camus, CEO, Suez, to represent the Business Alliance for Water and Climate - BAfWaC Sent by GAFWAC
Mr. Niouga Ambroise Ouedraogo, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Burkina Faso Sent by GAFWAC
Jennifer Sara, Global Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank sent by WWC
Arghya Sinha Roy, Asian Development Bank Sent by AGWA
Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO (South African national) and representative of the Megacities Alliance of Megacities for Water and Climate -MAWaC 
Mrs. Alexandra Moreira Lopez, Secretary General, Organization of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty  
Mr G Asok Kumar, Managing Director of National Water Mission and National Mission for Clean Ganga from the Ministry for Water empowerment (Jal Shakti) 
Mr. Jean Lapègue, Water Sanitation and Hygiene Service Responsible, Expertise and Advocacy Direction Action Against Hunger (ACF-France), World Water Council Governor 
Mr. Nate Matthews, Global Resilience Partnership and member of Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)  
Mr. Mark Smith from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 
Trevor Thompson, Ministry of Agriculture, Grenada (coastal/ocean link) 
Cristina Narbona, Spanish Senate, former Minister of Environment 
Mr. Jason Morrison, Head of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate,

Conclusion : 
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI

Just Add Water: Solutions for the 2020 NDCs – and beyond
Achievements & perspectives of the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC) - Abdelkader Amara


GCA: MPGCA Water: Just Add Water - Solutions for the 2020 NDCs and beyond


Friday décember 6 13:00-14.30

  • Place à l'action climatique! Les réalisations des acteurs français du monde de l'eau

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M. Jean-Luc Redaud, président du groupe de travail eau et climat du Partenariat Français pour l’Eau (PFE)

Panelistes :
M. Jean Lapègue, ACF, Responsable Service Secteur Eau Assainissement Hygiène, Direction Expertise et Plaidoyer d’Action contre la faim, ACF-France
M. Jean-Pierre Maugendre,  Directeur Adjoint DD du Groupe Suez
M. Cyrille Barnerias, Chef du Service Europe et International de l’Agence française pour la biodiversité, AFB
M. Eric Tardieu, Directeur Général, Office International de l’Eau (OIEau)
Mme Agathe Euzen, Directrice adjointe scientifique à l’Institut écologie et environnement (INEE) du CNRS

Mme Marie-Laure Vercambre, Directrice générale du PFE


Friday, December 6 16:00-16.45, Hall 4

  • COP25 Action Hub on Aquatic Nature-based Solutions: Adapting to climate change & delivering multiple benefits across sectors

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Dr. Sandeep Sengupta, Global Coordinator “Climate Change Portfolio”, IUCN
Mr. Edouard Boinet, project manager of the Global Alliances for Water and Climate – GafWaC 
Ms. Jennifer Fernando, Water & Climate Program officer of the French Water Partnership – FWP

Water Overexploitation in Mexico - Barrios
Nature-based solutions (NBS) An operational concept for integrated water resources management (IWRM) - E. Boinet
The role of nature-based solutions in addressing climate change - S. Sengupta


Saturday, December 7th 13:15-14:45 - Room n°2, Hall n°4

  • Official UNFCCC Side-Event - Ecosystem-based adaptation  in the water sector:  when green and grey make blue!”

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Mr. Eric Tardieu, Secretary General, International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)  & Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC)

Mr. Harsen Nyambe, Head of Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management Commission, African Union
Mr. Cyrille Barnerias, Head of European and International Affairs, French biodiversity agency (AFB) 
Mr. Franciso Medina, Director Programa Bosques Andinos, Helvetas Peru 
Mr. Bertrand Camus, CEO, Suez, also representing the Business Alliance for Water and Climate (BAfWaC) 
Mr. Claude Miqueu, Member of the Adour-Garonne Basin Committee, France

Ms. Marie-Laure Vercambre, Director General, French Water Partnership (FWP)

Mainstreaming nature-based solutions for climate adaptation: a new mission for the French Biodiversity Agency - C. Barnerias
Faire confiance à la nature pour limiter la vulnérabilité des territoires - C. Miqueu


INBO: Ecosystem-based adaptation in the water sector: when green and grey make blue!


Lundi 9 décembre 2019, 11:30-13:00 - Room “San Pedro de Atacama”, Hall 4, IFEMA Feria de Madrid

  • Climate Action and SDG 14 and SDG 15 “Climate Action and Life below Water and on Land”

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Ms. Birgitta Liss Lymer, Director, SIWI, lead on the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management
Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Champion, Chile

Mr. Antonio Cana Calderon, Chief of the Technical Cabinet, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
Mr. Malik Amin Aslam [Khan], Federal Minister of Climate Change, Pakistan
Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Government Africa (UCLGA)
Ms. Jan Brooke, Coordinator, Navigating a Changing Climate
Dr. David Suzuki, Co-Founder, David Suzuki Foundation
Ms. Sarah Toumi, Founder and CEO, Acacias for All
Mr. Kire Illioski, Director of the Office of the Executive Secretary, UNECE
Ms. Cyrie Sendashonga, Global Director, Policy and Programme Group, IUCN
Ms. Eva Zabey, Executive Director, Business for Nature


Lundi 9 décembre 2019, 16:30 - 18:00 - Room « San Pedro de Atacama », Hall 4

  • SDG 6 Roundtable: Building a Resilient Future Through Water

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Maggie White, Senior Manager, International Policy, SIWI and Co-Chair, AGWA
Ms. Ingrid-Gabriella Hoven, Director General, Global Issues – Sector Policies and Programmes, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Mr. Leo Heller, UN Special Rapporteur for the Human right to water and sanitation

Mr. Henk Ovink, Special envoy for Water, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Ms. Karin Kemper, Global Practice Director for Environment, World Bank
Mr. Loïc Fauchon, President, World Water Council
Ms. Monika Weber-Fahr, Executive Director, Global Water Partnership
Ms. Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku, Finland [tbc]
Mr. José Luis Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Madrid [tbc]
Mr. Claudio Castro, Mayor of Renca [tbc]
Ms. Louise Ellis, Arup and the City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) initiative
Mr. Jonathan Farr, WaterAid
Ms. Birgitta Liss Lymer, Director, Water Resources, Stockholm International Water Institute
Mr. Claudio Muñoz Zúñiga, Aguas Andinas, President [tbc]
Ms. Ezgi Barcenas, Global VP, Sustainability, AB InBev
Mr. Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability, Ragn-Sells Group
Mr. Christian Stammkoetter, Senior Vice President for Europe, Noram, Turkey-Middle East Waters & Evian Volvic International, Danone

Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz


Thursday, December 10, 9:00-10:00 - Multilateral Development Banks Pavilion, Hall 8

  • Technical Discussion - Boosting the Development of Water and Climate Projects:  Partnering for Incubation

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Ms. Sonja Koeppel, UNECE 1992 Water Convention Secretary,  United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Pannelists :
Ms. Safaa Bahije, Head of the international Cooperation Department, Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Morocco 
Mr. Amadou Lamine Ndiaye, Director of environment & sustainable development, Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS) 
Mr. Khatim Kherraz, Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)
Mr. Mikko Ollikainen, Manager, Adaptation Fund (AF)

Mr. Francis Daniel Bougaire, Head of Water Partnerships Coordination Division, Water Development and Sanitation Department, African Development Bank

Boosting the development of water and climate projects: partenering for incubation - M. Bougaire


Tuesday, December 10th 11:00-12:30 - Pavillon Francophonie

  • Événement « Journée Pays » - L’adaptation dans le secteur de l’eau : assurer la sécurité hydrique dans un contexte de changement climatique

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Introduction et modération :
Mme. Safaa Bahije, Ministère de l’Équipement, du Transport, de la Logistique et de l’Eau (METLE), Maroc

Panelistes :
M. Mohamed Fawzi Bedredine, Coordonnateur Adjoint PGIRE, Organisation de la mise en valeur du fleuve Sénégal (OMVS) 
M. Abderahim Birémé Hamid, Secrétaire Exécutif, Autorité du Bassin du Niger (ABN) 
M. Francis Daniel Bougaire, responsable de la Politique et stratégie de développement dans le secteur de l'eau à la Facilité africaine de l’Eau.
M. Pierre Victoria, Directeur du développement durable, Veolia
M. Etienne Do Traoré, Point focal pour la CCNUCC, Burkina Faso
Conclusion : 
Mme Sonja Koeppel, Secrétaire de la Convention sur l'eau, Co-secrétaire du Protocole sur l'eau et la santé, Commission Économique pour l’Europe des NationsUnies

Sécurité de l'eau dans un contexte de changement climatique - M F Bedredine
La sécurité hydrique au Burkina Faso