Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation
The JWF attended the Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation in Flood Management, held in Guandong, China, from December 14th to 16th. It was co-organized by the Global Water Partnership(GWP) and GWP China. Representatives of GWP Central Asia and Caucasus, GWP South Asia, GWP Southeast Asia, and GWP China were present. They discussed how to cooperate in implementing effective flood management, a common issue in Asia.
This workshop dealt with four themes: 1. flood forecasting, monitoring, warning and response; 2. flood management in urban settings; 3. community-based approaches to flood management; and 4. flood management practices in a changing climate. In particular, participants enthusiastically discussed challenges, opportunities, and solutions in promoting cooperation in areas of common interest on various aspects of flood management, in order to facilitate capacity building and program development through world-cafe-style.
The JWF served as a presenter on theme 4: flood management practices in a changing climate. We made a presentation on The Meta-Guidelines for Water and Climate Change , co-authored by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in cooperation with the GWP, referring to the roles of water sectors and measures against climate change, as well as the roles of regional coordinators of the GWP in Asia, with specific examples.
At the end of the workshop, there was discussion about the road-map towards facilitating further collaboration among participating organizations from the standpoint of community-led climate change countermeasures, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development goals, and water management in urban settings.
The JWF will continue to present policy recommendations in order to promote water security in Asia and the Pacific in cooperation with the GWP and Technical Advisory Committee from the four above-mentioned regions.