WATER AND CLIMATE MEETING OF THE GREAT RIVERS OF THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT 23-25 October 2017 Rome

WATER AND CLIMATE MEETING OF THE GREAT RIVERS OF THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT 23-25 October 2017 Rome

On 24th of October 2017, as Italian Board of River's Contracts and EIP-Water A.G. "Smart Rivers Network" We partecipated to the international summit of Rome on Water and Climate in the SESSION 3 - "Public participation and involvement of the private sector for adaptation to climate change in basins. Successful partnerships and shared future actions". Our contribution, has been acknowledge in the final declaration "Declaration of Rome" at the priority n. 5:

"Ensuring the effective participation of the civil society and stakeholders in decisionmaking and management processes, including local people, especially women and youth, and join the forces of all stakeholders, including the private sector, to build resilient communities and establish shared strategies. Access to information, training and environmental education needs to be improved around the world, especially for the most underprivileged or marginalized populations. In particular, it is necessary to use dialogue frameworks, such as basin committees or councils, local water commissions or river or aquifer contracts for this purpose".

The Summit held in Rome was promoted by the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea, in partnership with UNECE(United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO, Secretariat of the Global Alliances for Water and Climate) and Aquamadre. The managers and representatives of the most important river basins of the world, came from all continents, to meet for the first time in Italy, in order to inspire a meaningful dialogue aiming at facing the future of water, threatened by more and more frequent and violent climate change and its dramatic consequences in terms of floods, drought and degradation of ecosystems. The event is designed as a milestone in the preparation of COP23 (Bonn, 6-17 November 2017) and of the World Water Forum (Brasilia, 18-23 march 2018), two fundamental events that give the occasion to promote the key role of water in the international debate on climate change and in the decisions taken by Governments on the future of our Planet.

The summit was a unique occasion to match project proposals and financing opportunities and to foster experience sharing between great river basin organizations, local, national and regional administrations in charge of climate change adaptation policies and water resources management, bilateral and multilateral donors and other relevant institutions interested in adaptation to climate change and basin management

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