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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110 Fax: 020 7405 4967
 

Climate Change

Without concerted action, the truths about climate change are unpalatable, even frightening. The climate crisis represents the single greatest challenge humankind faces today but we do have the means to meet this challenge.

CIWEM believes it is time to face up to the reality of climate change and the scale of the challenge. The time for debate has passed. The scientific evidence for human-induced climate change is clear. Without unprecedented commitment and cooperation, future generations face a bleak outlook characterised by a hostile climate and greatly diminished resources. The most recent evidence indicates that keeping climate change below what are commonly regarded as dangerous levels represents a huge challenge which must be acted upon, decisively and immediately.

CIWEM's work on climate change issues is coordinated through the Climate Change Network and its steering group.

 

CIWEM's Climate Change Activities

UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) - CIWEM is a registered observer under the Conference of Parties (COP) which gives the institution the right to attend all the relevant meetings and input into discussions of the UNFCCC. In addition, CIWEM is encouraging members to become involved in the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) which is focused on developing technical guidance related to adaptation.

CIWEM is a member of The Water and Climate Coalition (WCC). The WCC's vision is for water resources management to be placed at the heart of policy responses to climate change. The WCC seeks to achieve its vision through bringing together stakeholders from across the global water community to promote progressive and integrated water and climate change policy on an international level. It does this through advocacy on water and climate on a global level, working with members to develop policy recommendations, statements and interventions as well as co-ordinating events, seminars and workshops. A major focus of the WCC is to influence the outcomes of the negotiations under the UNFCCC but it is also active in other intergovernmental processes where water and climate issues are relevant.

CIWEM chairs the European Water Association (EWA) Climate Change Working Group. The institution is also the EWA representative on the Strategic Steering Group Climate & Water which is part of the Common Implementation Strategy under the Water Framework Directive. This group is tasked with ensuring that climate change issues are taken into full account when implementing the directive. The group has already pushed for the current River Basin Management Plans to have a chapter outlining the impact of climate change and worked on the production of Guidance Document 24: River Basin Management in a Changing Climate.

CIWEM produces Policy Position Statements which not only set out the position of CIWEM on given issues but are also used and valued as introductory summaries for CIWEM members, the public and press who are interested in the subject.  Policy outputs are guided by CIWEM's Technical Panels which consist of members of the Institution with specific expertise in given areas.  The remits of all CIWEM's Panels include the requirement to consider Climate Change in the context of the issues they cover.

CIWEM responds to a wide range of consultations and inquiries the majority of which include strong representations on climate change.

 

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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110 Fax: 020 7405 4967

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