International Conference
Is climate change adaptation all about water?

On 25 and 26 April, Enabel invites you to join its debate on Climate Change adaptation and water in its office in Brussels or online.

By questioning the role of water in Climate Change adaptation, Enabel wants to inspire participants and invite them to create further transversal activities and breaking silos in our replies to Climate Change consequences.

”Is climate change adaptation all about water?”  conference will tackle the “water” experiences in Belgium and around the world and emphasize the linkage between water, urbanisation, nature-based solution and Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) nexus.

The event will also be a unique opportunity to hear from the youth perspective and create a dialogue on how the current innovation and prospection will reply to “2050 vision” of our young generation.

This conference is part of the Belgian activities to contribute to the dialogue of the UN Water conference – New-York 2023. Our hope is to pursue the discourse on breaking silos and offering inspiration for multisectoral perspective in climate change actions.

We intend to bring on board teams from Africa, the Middle East and Europe working on climate change adaptation and water but not only as Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems nexus will be at core of discussions.


Please register no later than 14th April.

The conference will be held in English.
Interpretation in French will only be available online.

Event Type
International conference
Rue haute 147, 1000 Bruxelles
25 April 2023
26 April 2023


Day 1 – Water as central element of Urban Resilience and Nature-based Solutions

Martin BINON

Legal advisor water – Brussels Environment

Legal advisor for the Brussels Environment Administration, I’m tackling water, nature conservation and spatial planning issues for the past 12 years (including floods and droughts). Since 2015, also member of the selection and steering committee for the Brussels’international solidarity projects aiming to improve access to drinking water and/or adequate sanitation.


Water economist- R&D – Sustainable land use department – Flemish Institute for Technological Research – VITO


Urban Climate Information Platform (u-CLIP) – VITO-Enabel-Wehubit


Coordinator of the CEBioS – ‘Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ programme – Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Luc is a biologist, PhD (KU Leuven, Belgium), specialised in aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology, biomonitoring with macro-invertebrates and wetlands. Since 2013 he is coordinator of the CEBioS program at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium. CEBioS supports policy and capacity building on biodiversity issues in Benin, Burundi, DR Congo, Vietnam and several Sahel countries. Luc was also in 2017-2019 promoter of the EVAMAB project, funded by the Belgian Science Policy administration BELSPO. EVAMAB supports the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program, by focusing on the valuation of ecosystem services in four MAB sites, located in Benin, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.


Director Climate and Weather Forecasting Expert – African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development – ACMAD


Giulia MACI 

Urban Specialist and Gender Focal Point – UNOPS/Alliances Cities


Climate Finance Expert – Enabel Mozambique

Paulo Massinga is a senior environmental professional with more than 15 years of experience working on multi-stakeholder programmes throughout Mozambique. Over the past years, he has worked as a consultant in different climate, environmental, circular economy, energy and waste sector projects, some of which were related to the development of infrastructures by the private sector and the Government in the energy and waste sector interacting with multiple stakeholders. Recently, he has been supporting the National Energy Fund (FUNAE) in positioning itself as a viable national entity to mobilize climate finance towards the renewable energy sector in Mozambique, as well as support the development of a private sector in the off-grid sector. He has extensive working experience with government and non-government actors and has developed a network of stakeholders in the private, public, and civil society sectors.


Project leader EU project MONUMENT & Project coordinator – Water4all and Wetlands4cities City of Mechelen

Day 2 – Water as driver of Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) nexus


DG Joint Research Center Institute for Environnement and Sustainability


International Aid & Cooperation Officer – Transboundary water Regional and Multi-Country Programmes for Africa (INTPA.A.2) European Union


Co-leader, SEI Initiative on the Water, Energy and Food Nexus – Stockhlom Environment Institute


International Water Management Institute – IWMI


Coordinator ‘Network for Social-Ecological Resilience – SECORES’


Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation – Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda


Programme Specialist – UNESCO IHP – Paris

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