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Conference attendees noted that contrasting models pose challenges for effective adaptation planning and underscored the capacity gaps in many developing countries for implementing high quality adaptation interventions.

23 November 2011: At the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change in Nepal, scientists and policy makers discussed recent models on predicted availability of water in Nepal, highlighting that they have shown wildly divergent predictions for water flow based on different climate projections.

The Conference took place in Lalitpur, Nepal, from 23-24 November 2011. Conference participants stressed the challenges that these divergent models place on the development of effective adaptation plans and effective targeting. Other research demonstrated the capacity gap in many countries to implement high quality interventions on water resource management.

The discussions from the conference are expected to inform work at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The Conference was supported by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

IWMI called on donors to pay greater attention to the quality of their interventions to improve water resource management and increase effective stakeholder consultations. [Conference Press Release]

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