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Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

Lessons Learned and Good Practices

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The publication intends to demonstrate and illustrate important steps and lessons learned to take into account when developing a climate change adaptation strategy for water management in the basin or transboundary context. It aims to compile, analyse, publish and disseminate lessons learned and good practices on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins. It includes lessons learnt and good practices from the programme of pilot projects under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Tranbsboundary Watercourses and International Lakes implemented since 2010 in cooperation with partner organizations such as OSCE and UNDP in the framework of the Environment and Security Initiative. It also includes lessons and examples from numerous other organizations working on water and climate change in transboundary basins, such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Water Partnership and many others.

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Key messages

Climate change impacts are both episodic, such as extreme weather events, and long-term and permanent, for example, due to changes in flow regimes and absolute water balances. To address uncertainties that exist about the direction, speed and intensity of climate change, water resources policy and management should include practices that ensure that water usage is ecologically sensitive, are consistent with sustainable development and are robust across a wide range of climate futures.

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