Panel discussionScaling Up: Systems approaches for climate and water management

Climate resilient management approaches for flood and drought: moving from theory to practice

This session highlights the urgent need for an adaptive approach to address the increasing frequency and intensity of floods and droughts in the context of climate change.


December 8, 13:00 - 14:30

It will examine the importance of integrating scientific knowledge, effective policies, international and local practices, and community engagement to increase resilience, with a focus on investments in early warning systems and nature-based solutions.

Moderator: Lance Gore, Principal Water Resources Specialist, Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office, Sectors Group, Asian Development Bank  

Welcome remarks: 

  • Bruno Carrasco, Director General – Climate Change and Sustainable Development, ADB
  • Meike van Ginneken, Special Water Envoy, Government of Netherlands
  • Lidia Brito, Assistant Director General of Natural Sciences, UNESCO 


  • Sulton Rahimzoda, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Water and Climate Coalition Leaders / Chairman of EC IFAS, Government of the Republic of Tajikistan / Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea (EC IFAS)  
  • Aditi Mukherji, Director, CGIAR Climate Change Impacts 


  • Qingfeng Zhang, Senior Director, Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development, ADB 
  • Koen Verbist, Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, UNESCO
  • Takahiro Konami, Director, International Affairs Office, Water and Disaster Management Bureau, MLIT, Japan
  • Rachael McDonnell, Deputy Director General, Research for Development, IWMI, 
  • Tjitunga Elijah Ngurare, Deputy Executive Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform of Namibia
  • Kate Gibson, Global ESG Director, Diageo
  • Kenzo Hiroki, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Closing: Satoshi Ishii, Director, Water and Urban Development, ADB 

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