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Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

Lessons Learned and Good Practices

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The publication intends to demonstrate and illustrate important steps and lessons learned to take into account when developing a climate change adaptation strategy for water management in the basin or transboundary context. It aims to compile, analyse, publish and disseminate lessons learned and good practices on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins. It includes lessons learnt and good practices from the programme of pilot projects under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Tranbsboundary Watercourses and International Lakes implemented since 2010 in cooperation with partner organizations such as OSCE and UNDP in the framework of the Environment and Security Initiative. It also includes lessons and examples from numerous other organizations working on water and climate change in transboundary basins, such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Water Partnership and many others.

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Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation actions

When implementing adaptation initiatives in transboundary basins, it is important to ensure that the allocated resources lead to the intended objectives in a cost-effective and timely manner. Monitoring facilitates an ongoing assessment of progress made in implementing planned initiatives. The closely linked, but essentially separate, process of evaluation provides an independent assessment of how effective initiatives are in achieving set objectives. This can guide mid-course adjustments that may be needed and inform the allocation of scarce resources to activities known to deliver. Moreover, the adaptive water management approach requires regular evaluation and updating of the adaptation strategy.

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