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Introduction

The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) implemented a project on Management of Water Resources in Arid and Semiarid zones of Latin America (‘MWAR-LAC’) in 2012-2015 within the framework of the UNESCO Programme ‘Water and Development Information Network for Arid Region- A Global network’ (G-WADI) to enhance the capacity of dryland countries in the region to deal with climatic variability, drought and floods, and to build capacities on different levels (professionals, governmental agencies, general public and dryland communities) to tackle water management challenges in the Latin American and Caribbean drylands. Flanders supported this project financially, and this meeting in Brussels is intended to consider the achievements and look ahead on further scientific cooperation in this area, in the light of the need to strengthen partnerships to address the climate change challenges in water management.

 

The project achieved multiple results, focusing on the identification of vulnerability to droughts, capacity building on adaptive water management, monitoring and early warning of climate risks and outreach to stakeholders to strengthen their resilience. These will be briefly presented. The project aims to secure a real impact by applying scientific work to support decision making at multiple levels, and by increasing the partnership of the scientific community across the states from the region that will allow to embed the solutions in a science-policy framework.

 

As a follow-up to this process, an extension project is under development to enhance ‘Climate Services for improved Water Resources Management in vulnerable regions to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean’ (working title CliMWaR-LAC). Therefore, a one-day planning meeting will be held to the identify the current state of the art in science, and the current gaps and needs that exist in the region, in order to streamline the final follow-up project document.

 

In close connection, a short planning workshop will be held to identify the action plan for the Water Security Project (2015-2018), which is also supported by the Flanders-UNESCO Science Trustfund.

This meeting will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the Belgian Committee for IHP and aims to optimize the interaction between the on-going IHP projects and the Belgian hydrological science community, and to discuss the CliMWAR-LAC proposal in a similar vein.

MWAR LAC - Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean