Panel discussionScaling Up: Systems approaches for climate and water management

Accelerating climate-resilient water management approaches through the circular economy

This session will discuss the importance of climate resilient water management in the context of investing in circular economy to achieve sustainable water management for municipal, industrial, and agricultural users and the natural environment.


December 8, 09:00 - 10:30

Moderator: Anil Mishra, Chief of Hydrological Systems, Climate Change and Adaptation, UNESCO-IHP


Welcome remarks

  • Lidia Brito, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO 
  • Satoshi Ishii, Director, Strategy and Partnerships Team, Water and Urban Development Sector Office, Sectors GroupAsian Development Bank
  • Michael Webster, Program Manager, 2030 Water Resources Group, Water Global Practice, World Bank


Keynote presentations

Michael Toh, Director, Industry & Technology Collaboration

HE Karlene Maywald, South Australian Water Ambassador

Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation, Ministry of Water and Environment, Republic of Uganda




  • Alessio Giardino, Senior Water Specialist (Climate Change), ADB
  • John Matthews, Director, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) 
  • Ahmed Elkad, Department Head: Energy and Underground Infrastructure | R&D Program Manager: Sustainable Energy Transition, Deltares 
  • Lifeng LI, Director of the Land & Water Division, FAO
  • Iara Giacomini, Director of river basin rehabilitation, access to water and multiple use of water resources, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of Brazil


Closing: Abou Amani, Director, Division of Water Sciences, Secretary, Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO 

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