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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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Vulnerability and impact assessment in transboundary river basins

The vulnerability of a system includes both an external dimension, represented by its exposure to climate change and variability, and an internal dimension, represented by the system’s sensitivity to direct and indirect impacts and the system’s capacity to buffer, ignore, resist and even transcend impacts. A highly vulnerable system is one that is very sensitive to modest changes in climate, where the sensitivity includes the potential for substantial harmful effects and for which the ability to cope is limited. In a transboundary basin, the vulnerability may be different for different riparian countries, even if the climatic impacts are similar, as the sensitivity, exposure and adaptive capacity may differ.

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