BIOGRAPHYDr Ania Grobicki is the Executive Secretary of theGlobal Water Partnership (GWP). GWP is aninternational network of 13 regional and 74 countrywater partnerships and over 2,000 institutionalpartners in 153 countries committed to thesustainable development and management of waterresources at all levels. Dr Grobicki has spent most ofher working life on water-related issues, holdingpositions in the private sector as well as with NGOsand the UN. She has a PhD in Biotechnology fromImperial College, London.Left:Dr Ania GrobickiMain Picture: Violentstorms indicate climatechange is here and theflipside to drought is toomuch rain damagingagriculture (left) country. Effective adaptation to climate changeinvolves recognising the need for regional as well asnational instruments - both legal and financial.GWP therefore encourages countries to respond to theneed for action at regional level. GWP Country WaterPartnerships, now existing in 75 countries, alreadywork together within Regional Water Partnerships in13 regions worldwide. Partnership is open, withoutcharge, to any organisation which commits itself to theprinciples of good water management as set out in the"Dublin-Rio principles" (see side-bar).In summary, the Global Water Partnership believes thatwater and its management can offer a unifying focusfor global, regional and national co-operation onadaptation to climate change. Investments inintegrated water resources development andmanagement are investments in adaptation. We arecommitted to intensifying our support for theimplementation of integrated water resourcesmanagement (IWRM) as part of national and regionaladaptation strategies, and thereby supportingcountries and regions in adapting to climate change.While mitigation and carbon footprints are rightly thefocus of much attention for the deal to be reached atCOP16, we urge world leaders to remember the otherside of the coin - adaptation and water security.Climate change is here, and we need to manage ourplanet's water resources more responsibly than in thepast. The future of smart water management is here! n" "THE WATER SECTOR IS INCREASINGLYBETTER EQUIPPEDTO DEAL WITH THECHALLENGES OFADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
ndia will spare no effort in contributing tothe success of the post-Copenhagenprocess, assured Dr Manmohan Singh,the Prime Minister of India, in hisinaugural address delivered earlier this year at the 10thDelhi Sustainable Development Summit.This Summit takes place at an important juncture inthe international deliberations aimed at forging amultilateral understanding on how to deal with climatechange. Moving forward, we need to reflect on thelessons of what happened at Copenhagen.I share the disappointment of many with the limitedachievements of the discussions that took place atCopenhagen. At the same time it is important toensure that we can deliver what we promise to do. Anambitious agreement that is observed only in thebreach will discredit the whole process. TheCopenhagen Accord, which we fully support and willtake forward, is a catalogue of voluntarycommitments and not a negotiated set of legalobligations. Presumably, the countries that havemade the commitments willingly have assuredthemselves that they can be and will be fulfilled. Amodest accord that is fully implemented may bebetter than an ambitious one that falls seriously shortof its targets. This is the lesson that was learnt withregard to the Kyoto Protocol.Secondly, the United Nations Framework Conventionon Climate Change (UNFCCC) has to be thecenterpiece of global cooperation on climate issues.The purpose of the Copenhagen Accord is to contributeto the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol and on LongTerm Co-operation. It is not a substitute but acomplement to these core international agreements.There is much in the Copenhagen Accord that can bringconsensus on the two-track negotiating process. Forthis to happen, this process itself has to recommencein right earnest, perhaps from March this year. Thirdly, a successful international agreement willrequire a consensus in two crucial areas. The first is onthe science of climate change. The second is theethical framework for giving expression to the centralUNFCCC principle of "common but differentiatedresponsibility". Some aspects of the science that is reflected in thework of the IPCC have faced criticism. But this debatedoes not challenge the core projections of the IPCCabout the impact of greenhouse gas accumulations ontemperature, rainfall and sea level rise. Let me hereassert that India has full confidence in the IPCCprocess and its leadership and will support it in everyway that it can. One of the Missions under our National Action Plan ison Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change to promotehigh quality and focused research on various aspectsof climate change. We have established an Indian Network forComprehensive Climate Change Assessment, anetwork of over 120 research institutes, which willbring out regular reports on the impacts of climatechange on different sectors and different regions of the country. The first such assessment will be releasedin November this year. We seek internationalcollaboration to make this network effective. We are also establishing a National Institute ofHimalayan Glaciology in Dehra Dun and we lookforward to international cooperation in this vital area.However, even in the absence of unanimity of scientificAbove:Indian prime ministerDr Manmohan SinghMain Picture: Our fragile ecosystem isunder threat as wecontinue to live on "anoverdraft on nature'sresources"A CALL FOR A BALANCEDAND EQUITABLE OUTCOME IN MEXICO110PRE-MEXICO REVIEWDR MANMOHAN SINGH, PRIME MINISTER OF INDIAIPhotos: UN Photo/Mark Garten; UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe; (next page) Courtesy of Global Water Partnership/Ernie Peñaredondo?