Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation


Name of initiative Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2015
End year 2018
Secretariat International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), Permanent Technical Secretariat, 21, rue de Madrid, 75008 PARIS (FRANCE), Edward Boinet, project manager, Phone: (33), e-mail:
Organisational structure Partner: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention secretariat.

A list of partners will be provided by email upon request as there is a need to process the data of the 350 signatories from 94 countries.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO),
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description Led by the International Network of Basins Organizations (INBO/RIOB,, this initiative is a declaration of representatives of governments, national and international donors, national and trans-boundary basin organizations of rivers, lakes or aquifers, in different parts of the world. They commit to strengthen adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers. They recognize that adaptation actions should be undertaken without delay at the level of river, lake and aquifer basins, through a joint, participative, integrated and sustainable water resources management.
Objectives This initiative is designed to make countries mobilize their own basins organizations, in order to strengthen their anticipations and their adaptation actions
Activities Reinforce capacity development and knowledge, adapt basin management planning to climate change, reinforce governance, ensure adequate financing.
One or two success stories achieved The signing of a Memorandum of understanding between Peru and Bolivia for joint action on the lake Titicaca and efforts to mainstream climate into national water resources management plans under the framework of the Paris Pact project “EcoCuencas: redistributive financial mechanisms for basin adaptation to climate change”.

The launch of 2 projects of IWRM adaptation in the Mexico Valley and in the Hai river basin. Three promising commitments from the World Bank: • The project “Irrigation development to improve agriculture resilience to climate change in Morocco” (5 919 408 000 €) • The project “Niger river basin Climate Resilience Investment Plan” (2 789 296 800 €) • The project “Adapting groundwater management to the effects of climate change in India” (897 000 000 €)

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Capacity building, Technical dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Goal setting (ex-ante), Training and education
Goals • Quantitative objective:

o Short-term: reaching more than 350 Paris Pact signatories and presenting 10 new flagship projects at COP22 o Long-term:  securing 1 official water and climate day at each COP  making use of 1 or 2 prominent global water and climate events each year to promote the Paris Pact and extend the Paris Pact community beyond the current number of signatories and projects;  recording public support UN Member States to strengthen the political governance of the initiative. securing one official water and climate day at each COP, • Qualitative objective: o Short-term:  reporting of existing voluntary actions at COP22, o Long-term:  disseminating and promote principles and actions for adaptation to climate change in basin of rivers, lakes and aquifers. • Operational objective: o Regardless of the timespan, four operational objectives to which the Paris Pact signatories must subscribe and work on through concrete voluntary actions: 1. Reinforcing capacity development and knowledge (networks for monitoring and data exchange ; water information systems) 2. Adapting basin management planning to climate change (climate change impact assessments, vulnerability assessments and strategies for adaptation in basin ; river basin management plan and program of measures including measures of climate change adaptation ; water demand control ; increased water availability ; enhanced ecosystems services for adaptation to climate change). 3. Reinforcing governance (networks and platforms dedicated to the exchange of experience and best practices for basin adaptation ; professional training ; participative water resources management at basin level ; integrated water resources management at basin level. 4. Ensuring adequate financing (investment program and sustainable financing mechanisms) o Short-term:  encouraging the development of projects on basin adaptation to climate change. o Long-term:  supporting projects on basin adaptation to climate change through technical support in the development phase of the proposals and matchmaking with donors.

Important milestones to secure new signatories and projects: • 4th Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change Adaptation (1 - 3 March 2017), Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland • Europe-INBO 2017, Dublin, Ireland, (September 2017) • COP23 (Bonn, 7-18 November, 2017) • Switzerland Global Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation (11 - 12 December 2017), Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland • 9th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (13 December 2017), Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Preparation of these milestones including sending out new call for actions and mobilizing donors to attend and participate in the project/donor matchmaking process.

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Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
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Last update: 5 September 2019 07:26:29

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