International Conference
Is climate change adaptation all about water?

On 25 and 26 April, Enabel invited you to join the debate on Climate Change adaptation and water

By questioning the role of water in Climate Change adaptation, the international conference initiated interesting dialogue to create further transversal activities and breaking silos in our replies to Climate Change consequences.

”Is climate change adaptation all about water?”  conference was 2 days of rich and fruitful debate between 19 speakers from international organisations, research institutes, local authorities, development agencies, NGOs and the private sector. It also featured 24 presentations of technologies and methodologies that could be tomorrow’s solutions. All speakers fed an audience of around 200 participants from 15 countries and three continents.

The event was also 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.

An inspiring summary of panels discussion has been done by a visual graphist (click on title if you wish access to all panels ‘presentation).

Panel “Urban Resilience and Nature-based Solutions – Identified barriers, opportunities and lessons learned.

Panel “Urban Resilience and Nature-based Solutions – Practical solutions

Panel “Water as driver of the WEFE nexus: challenges and opportunities


We are sharing some inspiring messages from the conference, showing that all is not about technology!

“Water can be a source of conflict, but more so a source of security once we manage it in a sustainable way,” ambassador Luc Jacobs, Special Envoy for Climate and Environment

“If society is not part of the policy process, they will not take up – or even hear about – our solutions.” Arnout Ruelens of the City of Mechelen

“Citizen science can ensure that general awareness is raised, and lead to more engagement and responsabilisation. Monitoring is crucial and citizens can play a role there too”. Filip Lefebre of VITO

“There are many challenges, but governance is definitely the biggest one. We need funding, yes, but it is governance that will ensure that these solutions are maintained even beyond implementation,” Durk Krol – CEO Water Europe

“We realised that the different actors do not come together often enough. We need to bridge the gap between funders, policymakers and end users,” Irene Sander of GIZ

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

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

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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.

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Executive Director – Water Europe

Giulia MACI 

Urban Specialist and Gender Focal Point – UNOPS/Alliances Cities

Giulia is an urban planner specialised in gender-sensitive city development, youth engagement and participatory urban planning with work experience in more than 20 countries. Currently she works as Gender Specialist and Manager for the Euro-mediterranean Area at Cities Alliance – UNOPS in Brussels, leading projects and initiatives that support the creation of more resilient and inclusive cities in the Mediterranean region, with a focus on increasing girls’ and women’s engagement in urban development. Giulia is also Institute Associate at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Giulia has been the Italian coordinator for the Dialogue 5 +5 in the Mediterranean Region for the promotion of exchanges and city projects focusing on circular economy and citizen inclusion. Prior to this, she has worked as researcher and consultant for different international organizations, developing and leading urban projects.

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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.

Arnout Ruelens

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


Enabel – Rwanda

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



DG Joint Research Center Institute for Environnement and Sustainability

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Head of Water sector DG International Partnerships Unit F2 – Environment, Sustainable Natural Resources

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International Water Management Institute – IWMI

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GiZ – Resa4africa ​

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