FORESTRY125and tapping into local knowledge, is as important as the end product. We've also seen that expeditiousaccess to funds has been critical in allowing countries to start working on REDD+ and learningthrough the process. National level leadership has also proven to be absolutely critical, as is the need to link REDD+ strategies to broader development policies. Heading into COP-16 in Cancun, Mexico, the UN-REDD Programme is more encouraged than ever by thewidespread and growing consensus around REDD+, asa key element in global climate change mitigation. TheProgramme will continue to work with countries, andother multilateral initiatives, to develop strategiesaimed at tipping the economic balance in favour ofsustainable management of forests and theimprovement of livelihoods. nABOUT THE AUTHORDr Yemi Katerere is the Head of the UN-REDDProgramme Secretariat based in Geneva and isclosely involved in coordinating collaborationbetween the UN-REDD partner agencies, guidingstrategic planning, raising the profile of the UN-REDD Programme and supporting the work of thePolicy Board. Dr Katerere holds a PhD in ForestResources from the University of Idaho and haspublished extensively. In recognition of hiscontribution to forestry and development, Dr Katerere was awarded the Commonwealth Queen's Award in 1993.1 http://www.oslocfc2010.no/pop.cfm?FuseAction=Doc&pAction=View&pDocumentId=25093, Page 122 IPCC, 2007. Fourth Assessment Report. http://www1.ipcc.ch/Photo: FAO GCP/INT/542/ITA
he UN climate negotiations in Cancún,Mexico, will be an opportunity to take asober look at the state of the world'sclimate and our collective capacity torespond to the changes which are already visible:more extreme weather events, floods, droughts,glacier melting, polar ice caps shrinking, and sealevels rising. The increasing frequency of climaterelated disasters is challenging communities andnations around the world to adapt and become betterprepared - to save lives, protect property, andprovide adequate information to people on the risksthey face.Many of these changes are related to water in itssolid, liquid or vapour form. Simply put, risingglobal temperatures are speeding up the watercycle. Water previously locked up as ice is released.Surface water in rivers, lakes and oceans (and in thesoil) evaporates faster. Rainfall becomes moreintense and harder to predict, as seasonal norms no longer hold and weather records are being broken everywhere.Few countries are untouched by the changes.However, for every Northern country rejoicing in its newfound ability to grow grapes and make wine locally because average temperatures haverisen, there are several others in warmer parts where the economy is severely and negativelyaffected - either through an extreme event (suchas recent floods in Pakistan, when 20 percent of the country found itself under water for the first time) or simply through increasinglydebilitating water scarcity. There is a growing need worldwide to strengthen our understanding ofthe changes taking place, and especially tostrengthen the predictive capacity of the mostMANAGING WATER FOR GREEN GROWTH: SUPPORTING CLIMATEADAPTATION & BUILDING CLIMATE RESILIENCE126SUSTAINABLE WATERTDR ANIA GROBICKI, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP (GWP)?