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Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management
Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin
Final Summary
Monday, 20 April 2009
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Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation
for Land and Water Management

16-17 April 2009 | Nairobi, Kenya

A view of the meeting room.
The Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management was held from 16-17 April 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya. 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; improve global climate impact models; and increase financing targeted towards the most vulnerable people.

On Thursday, participants were introduced to the Dialogue Process, and heard reports from the Regional Workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Bamako, Mali. In the afternoon they considered the draft Nairobi Statement, which included the Guiding Principles on Land and Water Management for Climate Change Adaptation, making suggestions to improve the statement.

On Friday, the high-level segment opened with welcoming remarks from UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner and Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs. Participants heard statements from ministers and representatives of international and regional organizations on the draft Nairobi Statement and the way forward towards the UNFCCC fifteenth Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen in December 2009. Participants then adopted the Nairobi Statement. The meeting ended at 3:14pm.
Dais during the high-level segment. L-R: Salifa Sawadogo, Minister for Environment and Water, Burkina Faso; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark; Ramadhan Kajembe, Assistant Minister, Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya; and Rhoda Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union.
Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, highlighted the need for a systems approach to define adaptation responses and the potential of the green economy to respond to climate change.
The Nepalese delegation.
Delegates at the start of the session.
Simon Thuo, Global Water Partnership, presented the Nairobi Statement on Land and Water Management for Adaptation to Climate Change.
Participants in informal consultations before the beginning of the high-level discussions on Friday.
L-R: Birgitte Markussen, DANIDA; Rhoda Tumiisime, African Union; and Halifah Drammeh, UNEP
Mounkaila Goumandakoye (left), UNEP ROA enjoying a light moment with participants before the high-level segment began.
The Ghanaian delegation.
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