Panel discussionLocally-Led Adaptation: Best practices and polycentric governance

Local Adaptation: water policies and good practices in urban areas

This panel aims to bring to debate urban initiatives in the local level, with the action of regional governments, and international organizations, in order to identify innovative results that could be applied in new regions of the world.


December 5, 14:00 - 15:30

This panel presents experiences that are making a difference, and have the opportunity to be reproduced in larger scale, by other local communities around the world. As an example, the OECD is extending its studies from the first 100 different cities to identify blue economy initiatives elsewhere in the globe, and Rio de Janeiro is making an effort to participate in the international debate of sustainability more often then ever before.

UN-Habitat and the Australian Water Partnership show very relevant cases involving displaced persons, settlements and climate resilience – cases in which the local challenges have even less international voice and representation.

Moderator: Chrysi Laspidou, Professor, University of Thessaly, Coordinator of Arsinoe and core-team member of Nexogenesis EU projects, Chair of NexusNet



  • Ms Ana Asti, State Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The Blue Metropolis Project of Rio de Janeiro   
  • Dr Oriana Romano (online) Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy in Cities in the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Cities and Regions,  Cities for a Blue Economy: a comprehensive study (online) 
  • Professor Tony H F Wong, Water for Climate Pavilion Envoy,  Revitalizing Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE)
  • Ms Mere Naulumatua,  RISE
  • Ms. Ruth Mathews, Senior Manager, Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Department, SIWI
  • Ms Layal Abi Esber (online), Climate Change Coordinator, UN-Habitat Lebanon Office

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