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Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management Adopts Nairobi Statement

17 April 2009: The Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16-17 April 2009. The event was co-hosted by UNEP and the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Ulla Tørnæs. The Dialogue addressed the need to: tackle existing problems in land and water management to build resilience to climate change; strengthen institutions for land and water management; and increase financing targeted towards the most vulnerable people.

This event consisted of: an introduction to the dialogue process; reports from regional workshops held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, and Bamako, Mali; presentations by ministers and representatives of international and regional institutions; and discussion of the draft Nairobi Statement. The Statement seeks to provide input to the negotiations leading up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), as well as tangible guidance to stakeholders involved in developing and implementing strategies for adaptation in land and water resources management beyond COP 15.

Participants adopted the Nairobi Statement consisting of six guiding principles on: sustainable development; resilience; governance; information; economics and financing; and partnerships in the context of climate change adaptation in land and water management. [IISD RS coverage]