Expert Training on Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning – Water Management Sector

Date: 19-20.01.2015
Place: Ankara, Turkey
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Key vulnerabilities are associated with many climate-sensitive systems, including food supply, infrastructure, health, water resources, coastal systems, ecosystems, global biogeochemical cycles, ice sheets and modes of oceanic and atmospheric circulation.

During the regional ECRAN Adapt Seminar in Skopje in July 2014, the ECRAN beneficiaries have identified the sectors in the Western Balkans and Turkey that are most vulnerable to climate change. Water resources is one these sectors. Measures have been proposed for vulnerability mitigation. However, the key to adaptation to climate change is the integration of the issue of climate change in the water sector’s relevant strategic, planning and programme documents both at national and regional levels as well as the local level.

Using the Climate Adapt Tool, as well as other available tools, the participants will be guided through the framework and process of assessing climate-related risks and vulnerabilities in their own technical areas. They will learn to understand and assess current and future hazards, identify sources of climate data and information, assess risks and impacts and assess a selection of societal components of risk and vulnerability.

Wider objective

To promote climate adaptation action in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey.

Specific Objectives

To enhance the understanding about climate adaptation action in the water sector among a core of Beneficiary countries’ representatives, supporting the creation of national climate adaptation policies and planning as a basis for action.

Expected Results of the Workshop

  • strengthened awareness and understanding of climate change adaptation needs and options among water sector experts from Western Balkan countries and Turkey established;
  • Improved understanding of (the applicability of tools for) risk and vulnerability assessment in the water sector, including the applicability of the Climate Adapt Tool;
  • foundation for improved cooperation and coordination among authorities in Western Balkan countries and Turkey in the area of climate adaptation action established;
  • awareness of the need to speed up and enhance climate adaptation action planning in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey