CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Water

On demand on CAS TV – from the Netherlands

Water is fundamental to our existence. Life, food, culture… Water is everywhere. However, climate change is hitting us hardest through water: with too much, too little, too dirty water. We must put water at the centre of climate adaptation. Not only because 90% of climate problems are water-related, but also because water is the enabler for sustainable climate action.

Therefore, the Anchoring Event on Water, delivered by the Water Action Track, aims at accelerating and scaling up climate adaption with water as an essential enabler and connector to safeguard a sustainable and resilient future for all.

Biking through a flash flood in Foshan, China.

Event programme overview

The Water Anchoring Event brings together various sources to address water and adaptation. It is a mixture of voices and visual elements and an opportunity to showcase the essence of the Water Action Track and its partners.

The programme combines short clips on water challenges and foreseen opportunities, best practices, and inspiration. It is an urgent call to action, with speakers from governments, multilateral organisations, and NGOs. Most importantly, this session gives the floor to people that have to cope with the consequences of climate change on a daily basis. They are the local champions on water and adaptation.

Key elements of the programme include:

  • The Water Wake-up Call: a documentary that emphasises the need to adapt, but also inspires to take action by offering hope for the future through positive effort.
  • A high-level dialogue between some key players in the world of climate adaptation, who explain what they will do on water and adaptation and how the world – to their opinion – can make the next steps.
  • Pitches by Water ChangeMaker Awards finalists to highlight teams who have shaped decisions about water that have helped to build climate resilience.
  • A cultural mirror on water with award-winning photographers.
  • The Water Adaptation Hub, an initiative that seeks to bring water adaptation closer to the international climate stages, because climate change is here, and there is an urgent need to scale up and accelerate adaptation for millions around the globe.
  • International delta cases that highlight success stories on delta adaptation.
  • Best practices on countries’ efforts to create more attention for water in their Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans.
  • Calls to action from various climate champions and world leaders.


The Water Action Track has launched a Water Adaptation Hub. This community aims at accelerating and scaling up climate adaption interventions globally bringing the water sector together and making the connection with other sectors. Acceleration of water adaptation will be achieved by building on and strengthening what is already happening and/or starting. Scale‐up will be reached by connecting and actively brokering between stakeholders and initiatives. A collaborative effort with the goal to use the water sector as the key enabler in the worldwide climate change dialogue.

The Water Adaptation Hub in essence works on four key issues:

  • Bringing water communities and subsectors together.
  • Bringing the water (adaptation) sector closer to other sectors (i.e. agriculture, nature based solution, food, cities infrastructure, health).
  • Sharing and exchanging knowledge, simplifying learning and facilitating finding solutions together.
  • Bringing water adaptation to the international climate community and negotiations and more prominently into the NDCs and NAPs.

It will be a permanent, inclusive service open to all communities of practice, networks and groups either those working directly in the water sector or indirectly through climate change and adaptation.

Delta Lighthouse Case Study

Science and best practices as a base for water management development. The ‘lighthouse’ case studies in this Delta Report explore and share best practices and good examples in climate adaptation and resilience interventions in delta countries. The case studies were selected through the Delta Coalition strategically to ensure a wide and diverse representation of different hydrological, climatological, social‐economic, and geographic conditions. Deltas are hot spots and it concerns cases from Mozambique, Indonesia, Colombia, Argentina, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Netherlands. Based on this diverse and representative range of cases, key findings have been formulated to share knowledge and to inform adaptation practices elsewhere.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


This event presents a variety of high-level speakers.

Partner organisations

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (


Inicio |

Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Bank (


বাংলাদেশ (Bangladesh) জাতীয় তথ্য বাতায়ন | গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার | People's Republic of Bangladesh

Blue Deal

Dutch Water Authorities – Experts on regional water management

CEO Water Mandate

CEO Water Mandate | Sign the Commitment to Water Stewardship

Chili - Home (


Presidency of the Republic of Colombia (


World food company - Danone

Delta Coalition

Delta Coalition


Home | Deltaprogramma


Deltares - Enabling Delta Life


Building with Nature - EcoShape


Egypt’s Government Services Portal


Entrepreneurial Development Bank - FMO


Welcome to | Information from the Government of France |

Global Center on Adaptation

Home - Global Center on Adaptation (

Global Resilient Cities Network

Home - Resilient Cities Network

Global Water Partnership

Global Water Partnership - GWP

Government of the Netherlands

Information from the Government of The Netherlands |

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Home | IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (


National Portal of India


Kementerian Pekerjaan Umum dan Perumahan Rakyat (

International Water Management Institute

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) : A water-secure world (

Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Organisatie ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat | Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat |


Início - Portal do Governo de Moçambique


Government Website (

Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance

Home - Ocean Risk Alliance

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD

Partners for Water

Home - Partners voor water

Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency |

Project Rijke Waddenzee

Website Programma naar een Rijke Waddenzee


Home | Rotary International

Sanitation and Water for All

A global partnership to achieve universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation | Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)


Simavi - A healthy life for all

Singapore | Home (

Stockholm International Water Institute

Welcome to SIWI - Stockholm International Water Institute

UN Water

UN-Water | Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

United Kingdom

Welcome to GOV.UK (

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Homepage | UNECE

United States - State of California | California State Portal

Valuing Water Initiative

Valuing Water Initiative - Better Decisions Impacting Water | Water management |


Viet Nam Government Portal (

Water as Leverage


Water Peace and Security Partnership

Water, Peace and Security (

Water Youth Network

Water Youth Network | Connecting you(th) on water issues - Water Charity For Safe Water & Sanitation


We change lives | WaterAid Global


Dutch water utilities launch WaterWorX programme at celebration of World Water Day | Dutch Water Sector

Wetlands International

Home - Wetlands International


Wetskills Water Challenges | Participate in Global Water Events

World Bank Group

World Bank Group - International Development, Poverty, & Sustainability

World Meteorological Organization

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World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute | Making Big Ideas Happen (

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF - Endangered Species Conservation | World Wildlife Fund