Coping with Water Scarcity in Agriculture under a changing climate
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8 November 2016 15:00-16:30
The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) strongly point at agriculture and water in coping with climate change. Ninety four percent of the 188 countries that submitted INDCs as of March 2016 included agricultural sectors and 80 percent included water in their mitigation and/or adaptation plans. Of the 130 countries that include an adaptation section, 77 percent specify measures for managing water scarcity and protecting water quality.
Global forums and international organizations have been listing water scarcity as a top-priority risk, as a major constraint to socio economic development of nations, a growing problem for businesses, and a threat to growth and stability on a global scale.
Agriculture holds the key to coping with water scarcity as it is responsible for 70% of all freshwater withdrawals.
The international community has already committed to enhance water-use efficiency and to reduce number of people living under water scarcity, through SDG 6, Target 4.
How do we turn the commitments made and targets put into concerted actions?
How can we identify and incorporate synergies and tradeoffs?
How can multi-sector partnerships meaningfully bring value added?
How do those actions contribute to mitigation of and adaptation to climate change?