Theme 9: Climate Change and Water

Climate change impacts mainly on available water resources, including ensuring water and sanitation services for all (SDG6).

Significant changes in the hydrological cycle, precipitation distribution patterns, river outflows, replenishment and groundwater quality occur. There are also extreme events, such as droughts, floods, storms and melting glaciers. Climate change further increases existing challenges in ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, both in terms of quality and quantity.

Its crosscutting nature makes water security the key to successful adaptation measures, for which articulated policies, planning and actions involving governments at all levels – sectors and society – are needed.

In this theme, in its various sessions, representatives of governments, researchers, NGOs and businessmen discuss the effective adaptation of water supply and sanitation systems to climate change. Discussions will focus on adaptation to climate risks, water security and improved access to water.


Topic 91 – Alternative Water Sources:

Session 911 – Planning wastewater reuse to guarantee safe and affordable drinking water for all;

Session 912 – Diversifying the Water Matrix: Desalination – how to make it a feasible alternative.


Topic 92 – Water and Climate Change Adaptation:

Session 921 – Climate Change Adaptation – Water management in scarcity situations;

Session 922 – Climate Change and Water – Access to water and natural resources.


Topic 93 – Water and Climate Change Mitigation:

Session 931 – NDCs in Water supply and sanitation services – Frontrunners countries share their strategies.

Ana Fioreze
ANA – Agência Nacional de Águas
She is an agronomist specialized in Water Resources Management, with a Master’s in Water and Soil. She is the deputy superintendent of the Operations and Critical Events at the Brazilian National Water Agency (ANA), which includes activities related to reservoir operation, drought monitoring and mitigation, river floods monitoring and resilience building and water adaptation to climate change. Previously she has worked with the ANA’s Strategic Management. She has participated in the preparation of the National Adaptation Plan and is a focal point for its Water Resources Strategy. Prior to joining ANA, she was the manager in charge of water allocation in the State of Goiás – Brazil.
André Braga Galvão Silveira
Ministério das Cidades - SNSA
André holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) and a Civil Engineering degree from UFRN. He has specialized in public sector issues and is an infrastructure analyst at the National Secretariat of Environmental Sanitation of the Ministry of Cities of Brazil, where he works on water loss and energy efficiency issues. Has experience in teaching higher education in disciplines related to Basic Sanitation. He is also an advisor of the Directory Board of ABES Section of Distrito Federal/Brazil.
Flavia Oliveira
ANA – Agência Nacional de Águas
She is the coordinator of the General Management of Strategy at the Brazilian National Water Agency (ANA). She is a chemist specialized in Water Quality and Water Resources Management and holds MSc and PHD in Chemistry. In her position she supports the Board of Directors in best practice of regulation, different water matters and strategic planning. Before that, she has worked with the ANA’s Water Quality program. She is a focal point for the Water Resources Strategy of National Adaptation Plan to Climate Change. Prior to joining ANA, Flavia was the coordinator in charge of professional post graduate programs at the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (Capes).
Gari Villa-Landa Sokolova
AEAS - Espanha
Gari is a molecular biologist with 3 master courses: Environmental Management, Planning and Management of Cooperation for Development Interventions and Water Law. She worked for the Spanish General Directorate of Water, 10 years ago, in the Permanent Technical Secretariat of the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (CODIA), coordinating the Ibero-American Water Training Program. After this experience, she continued working on other projects with the General Directorate of Water, beginning to deal with regulatory aspects. Since 2015 she has benn the head of International Affairs at the Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS). She is a member of the Steering Committee of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and the representative of AEAS in the IWA.
Luiz Carlos Xavier da Silva
Pacto Global ONU - BRASKEM
Luiz is na electrical and safety engineer, lawyer with an MBA in Chemical Business Management at FGV-SP and Cranfield University in England and specialist in Sustainable Development at FIA-SP. He has 28 years of experience in the industry sector and is currently responsible for Climate Change issues at Braskem and Coordinator of the Energy and Climate Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact Network Brazil.
Rita Cavaleiro de Ferreira
GIZ - Alemanha
Rita is from Portugal, has 20 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector. Her activities focus on energy efficiency, sector regulation, benchmarking, information systems and evaluation of the quality of water and sanitation services. Since 2011 she provides consultancy and cooperation at international level. Last assignments included assistance in Mexico to CONAGUA and to ANEAS. Currently she is coordinating ProEESA, a Project in Energy Efficiency in Urban Water Supply in Brazil. (Cooperation between the National Secretariat of Sanitation (SNSA) of the Ministry of Cities in and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.)

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