Water Security for Climate Resilience: How research can support action

Past Event

26 October 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Online & Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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According to the IPCC, changes to the planet’s water cycle represent one of the biggest impacts of the climate crisis. This year only, extreme flood and drought events have demonstrated the sheer impact of these hazards for communities worldwide. But climate change is affecting water security for humans and ecosystems in many more subtle ways.

This event will convene leading researchers from the UK, Africa and Asia to discuss key findings and recommendations from six years of interdisciplinary research led by the REACH programme across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We will ask: what does the science tell us about water security and climate resilience? And, most importantly, how can this information support policy makers and practitioners in making policies, decisions, and investments that build climate resilience?

These questions could not be more timely, with COP26 - and its first ever Water Pavilion - around the corner. However, it is critical that we sustain action and commitment beyond the COP to ensure these improvements benefit vulnerable groups and those affected by poverty in the short and longer term.

Note: This is a hybrid event, held physically at the Oxford Martin School and live streamed via Crowdcast. Please register for in-person or online attendance via the following links:

In-person attendance registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/w...

Online attendance registration: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wat...

This event is hosted by the REACH programme, the Oxford Martin School Programme on African Governance and the Oxford Water Network.


Introduction to Water Security for Climate Resilience Report:
Dr Katrina Charles (University of Oxford)

Scientific presentations:
Prof Seifu Kebede (University of KwaZulu Natal / AddisAbaba University); Dr Marina Korzenevica (University of Oxford); Prof Salehin Mashfiqus (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology)

Panel discussion:
Dr Anna Murgatroyd; Dr Ellen Dyer; Dr Katrina Charles (University of Oxford)

Concluding remarks
Dan Yeo (Independent Strategic Analyst)