Adapting Governance and Infrastructure for Water Resilience

Panel discussion

Bonn, 23.05.2023


Bonn Water Network

Climate change causes an increase in extreme weather events in many countries of the world. This has drastic impacts for instance on food security, infrastructure and health, and challenges the very basis of human development. Many countries are experiencing such challenges for a long time, but events such as the 2021 floods in Germany’s Ahr-valley, only about 50 km from Bonn, show that we need to adapt here in Europe, too. The special event focuses on water resilience as a comprehensive approach that includes engineering resilience in water supply infrastructure, but also more integrative and ecologically‐centered approaches and institutional and governance dimensions. The special event will address these challenges.



Opening remarks


Panel discussion: Adapting Governance and Infrastructure for Water Resilience

  • Ignatius Jean, Executive Director, Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA). 
  • Georg Johann, Managing director of the flood competence center/ HochwasserKompetenzCentrum e.V.
  • André Dzikus, Chief of Urban Basic Services Section at UN-Habitat
  • Mariele Evers, Acting director of the department of geography at Bonn University and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Human-Water Systems




Closing remarks

  • Melanie Grabowy, Deputy Mayor of the city of Bonn

This special event is part of the 5th global WOP’s congress, ‘Resilience in challenging times: mobilizing collaboration for future-ready water and sanitation service providers’.

The Bonn Water Network consists of eleven renowned institutions with longstanding experience on water and related issues: the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography (GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS); the IUCN Environmental Law Centre; and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA). In addition, Berlin- based Water Integrity Network (WIN) and the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICGWRC) based in Koblenz are partners of the BWN. For more information:

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Datum / Uhr
23.05.2023 / 18:30 - 20:00


German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6
D-53113 Bonn


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