The water pavilion

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Bringing together leaders on water and climate issues
to share successes and explore new solutions


On Sept. 13-14, 2018 leaders convened at the Water Pavilion to share knowledge and inspire action on water and climate change.

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The climate is changing. Rising sea levels, more extreme storms, and increased drought risk, are impacting people now. Better management of water resources can help reduce climate change risks and adapt to its impacts.

The Water Pavilion, a two-day event at the Global Climate Action Summit, brought together leaders from governments, civil society, businesses, and academia. Through panels, workshops, and a tech exposition, participants shared knowledge about the water-climate connection, explored pathways for solutions, and inspired more ambitious commitments.

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Activities WERE organized
around four themes:


WATER-CLIMATE INFORMATION TO ACTION is based on the assertion that action taken to build toward climate and water resilience should be founded on good information—a simple assertion that is challenging to implement. 

GOVERNANCE FOR WATER-CLIMATE RESILIENCE explores how, for long-term sustainability, we need to address who decides what actions to take, how those decisions are made, how conflicts are resolved, and how those affect who benefits. 


FINANCING WATER-CLIMATE SOLUTIONS focuses on how financial solutions and innovation can help achieve climate goals.


COMMUNITIES CREATING OPPORTUNITY OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE explores actions, at the community and watershed scales, with a focus on indigenous communities and green infrastructure, demonstrating how the impacts of climate change can create opportunity for more ambitious and sustainable action. 



Thursday, September 13, 2018

LOCATION                      Autodesk, 1 Market St, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

7:30 am to 8:00 am        Continental Breakfast

8:00 am to 9:10 am        Opening Plenary: Water-Climate Connections

9:10 am to 11:10 am      Water-Climate Information to Action

11:10 am to 11:30 am    Data Pop-ups

11:30 am to 12:30 pm    Lunch  

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm      Governance for Water-Climate Resilience

2:30 pm to 2:50 pm        Governance Pop-ups 

2:50 pm to 3:05 pm        Break       

3:05 pm to 3:50 pm        Corporate Commitments to Tackle Water Challenges

3:50 pm to 4:15 pm        Closing Keynote

Friday, September 14, 2018

LOCATION         Exploratorium (Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace)

Pier 15, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA


7:30 am to 8:00 am        Continental Breakfast

8:00 am to 8:30 am        Morning Welcome and Keynote

8:30 am to 10:30 am      Financing Water-Climate Solutions

10:30 am to 10:50 am    Financing Pop-Ups

10:50 am to 11:05 am    Break

11:05 am to 12:00 pm   Communities Making Opportunity Out of Climate Change

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm     Lunch and Breakout Discussion - Scenarios for Integrated                                           Flooding and Scarcity Solutions

1:00 pm to 2:20 pm        Communities Making Opportunity Out of Climate Change

2:20 pm to 2:40 pm        Growing Water Advocates Globally: A Case Study with                                                  Waterkeepers Bangladesh

2:40 pm to 3:00 pm        Social Equity Pop-ups

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm        Break

3:15 pm to 3:35 pm        On the Frontlines of the World’s Water Crises

3:35 pm to 3:55 pm        Technology Pop-ups

3:55 pm to 4:25 pm        Closing Keynote

4:20 pm to 4:40 pm        Drum Song 

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm        Reception

Calendar of Events


A Unique Pairing: Fire, Water, and Wine

Water Pavilion
Location: Autodesk


Water Pavilion
Location: Exploratorium




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Attendance at the Water Pavilion is by invitation only 

Water Pavilion is sold out.