Water and climate change adaptation deal launched at climate summit

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An agreement to make water systems more resilient to climate impacts has been launched at the UN Climate Change summit in Paris.

A coalition of nations, river basin organizations, business and civil society announced US $1 billion to support the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The Paris Pact aims to prepare countries around the world to adapt to and thus become more resilient to climate change.

Countries and organizations that have signed up, there are around 290 so far, are committing to a series of initiatives.

Many will strengthen water monitoring and measurement systems in river basins.

Others will promote financial sustainability and new investment in water systems management.

India has pledged to build climate resilience through improved groundwater management.

In the Niger Basin, nine African countries will benefit from the launch of a 10-year investment plan to strengthen resilience.

And In Mexico, a four-year collaboration to improve management of water resources and services has been agreed.

The UN has said that without improved water resources management, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be jeopardized.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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