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Climate Change and Water Challenges: Solutions from the developing world 

Special Session SS10

When: Wednesday, 27th May, 10.30-18.15 (BST)

Where:  Cromdale Hall, Edinburgh International Conference Centre


On Wednesday 27th May, Canada's International Development Research Centre is hosting a special session at the World Water Congress in Edinburgh.

With eleven climate research specialists from key climate change hotspots, the session will bring the voices of southern-led research to the fore. Featuring three panels presenting original research from ten developing countries and a TV style debate, participants will interrogate the economic, cultural and environmental changes already in effect and consider realistic solutions and adaptation strategies.

Join the debate online: Follow @H2OClimate or #CCadaptQs


Participants will be able to join in globally and access the discussions via a live webcast.


Get all the latest news from the session by following the conversation on Twitter.                        


Questions will be digitally crowdsourced in advance using #CCadaptQs.              


The session will be structured around three thematic panels:

Panel 1: Community, water, and climate

Looking at research findings from Costa Rica, Angola and Burkina Faso, this panel will discuss adaptive strategies in water governance- in informal urban settlements and in rural community-led initiatives.

Panel 2: Farm level adaptation: Aquaculture, forestry and agriculture

Researchers will present findings on the current levels and scales of risk management and adaptive response in agriculture and aquaculture in Thailand, the North China Plain and the Amazon estuary.

Panel 3: Water resource management and climate

Research from Thailand and Bolivia will provide a basis for discussion around water infrastructure at an institutional and regional level. The panel will consider how to build stakeholder engagement in the development of strategies to reduce climate vulnerability.

The voices of developing country scientists are often unheard in international debates, when they are, in fact, best placed to conduct research with the most likely impact. Since 2010, the Climate Change and Water (CCW) program of IDRC has supported applied research to achieve policy relevant solutions to help vulnerable populations adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change. 

IDRC is hosting a number of events across the five day Congress to highlight and interrogate the water-related impacts of climate change and to provide a platform where researchers from developing regions can discuss their findings and share learning.