ICLEI SEAS participates in high-level seminar on water and climate change
From left to right: Mr. Ranell Martin Dedicatoria (ICLEI SEAS) joins Mr. Bruno Nguyen (International Hydrological Programme) and Mr. François Prévot (ARCEAU-IdF, Université Paris Diderot) during the opening session of the WaterLinks Forum 2016.

MAKATI CITY – ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) joined the High-Level Seminar on Megacities Alliance for Water under Climate Change last October 5. The seminar was organized as part of the WaterLinks Forum 2016: Building Climate-resilient Water Utilities in Urban Asia.

ICLEI SEAS, represented by its Program Manager, Mr. Ranell Martin Dedicatoria joined the seminar's opening session along with Mr. Bruno Nguyen of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Mr. François Prévot of ARCEAU-IdF, Université Paris Diderot (UPD). ARCEAU-IdF is an alliance of water stakeholders from the Paris Region.

Last December 2015, the three organizations launched the Megacities Alliance for Water under Climate Change recognizing that "climate change is water change; water is a key resource for the sustainable development of megacities and a key factor of their resilience."

During the seminar, Mr. Dedicatoria shared that water and climate change issues are highly embedded in ICLEI's programs which follows a 10-point agenda. Specifically, he noted that apart from urban resilience, water is also heavily linked to ICLEI's resource-efficiency agenda by examining the water-food-energy nexus and how integrated resource management is operationalized at the local level.

Initially, the Alliance focuses on supporting megacities. It intends to set up a cooperation platform, within two years, to facilitate a dialogue on water, with the aim of helping megacities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. ICLEI will support the Alliance by bringing in its international networks of local governments. Furthermore, ICLEI will ensure the initiative's inclusion in existing reporting platforms such as the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), a global reporting platform for local and subnational governments on climate action; and the online Solutions Gateway for local governments.

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