SP 5.1 Scaling up the role of wetlands in climate change adaptation

 Wednesday 11 May, 08.45 – 10.30, Goudriaan Room II

Climate change will have significant impacts on fresh water availability and on natural capital. Wetlands provide major potential to buffer such impacts in river basins, catchments and in coastal areas through their ecosystem services. This session aims to explore how the adaptation potential of wetlands can best be sustained and enhanced through improved practice, policies and investments. Key issues and integrated solutions will be presented from case studies in Malaysia, Mali and Panama. In the session participants from private sector, NGOs, government and knowledge institutes will then explore adaptation priorities based on these and their own experiences.

Organised by Marcel Silvius, Wetlands International
Partners Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Action for Source to Sea Management, Sweden
Ramsar Convention, Switzerland
Chair Jane Madgwick, Wetlands International
Rapporteur Marcel Silvius, Wetlands International

Rajang Delta, Sarawak: addressing challenges of land subsidence caused by deforestation and drainage of tropical peatlands
Hj. Keizrul bin Abdullah, Global Water Partnership South East Asia, Wetlands International

Upper Niger Basin, Mali: options and implications of safeguarding and rehabilitating the Inner Niger Delta as part of the solution to climate adaptation and resilience to increasing climate variability and water scarcity
Bakary Kone, Wetlands International

Urban and rural wetlands of Panama: challenges and ‘Building with nature’: opportunities for improved coastal resilience in Panama Bay and along an urbanizing mangrove coast
Raisa Banfield, Vice Mayor of Panama City, Panama