Jean-Francois Donzier

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Jean-Francois Donzier

Jean-François Donzier has been the General Manager of the International Office for Water since 1991. He is General Secretary of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and of the International Network of Water Training Centers (INWTC).He was Governor of the World Water Council at its creation in 1997 and GWP Steering Committee Member for 6 years. As a General in the French National Corps of Engineers in Bridges, Water and Forestry, he was entrusted with a very high level of central positions in the French governmental administration at the Ministry of Agriculture and Prime Minister services. He had managed the French National Fund for Rural Water Supply (FNDAE) and supervised Regional Development Companies in charge of irrigated areas in the South of France (1979-1991). He also managed for 4 years the Franco-Swiss multiyear projects for the protection of Leman Lake and also Annecy Lake against pollution (1975 – 1979). As head of the Regional Supervision Office in the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, he controlled agricultural and rural water supply projects in the Southern region of the country (1973 – 1975). He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor, Officer of the National Order of Merit and Commander of the French Order of Agricultural Merit.

Keynote presentation: Water resources management for adaptation to the effect of climate changes in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers: Implementation of the “Paris Pact” signed at the COP21

As part of the Lima-Paris Action Plan, Peru and France organized the 2nd December 2015, the official day on Water and Climate Change Adaptation at the COP21 in Paris, the ‘Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers’ was presented at the day opening. Carried out by the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Paris Pact aims at a global mobilization of the basin organizations and all other stakeholders involved, for starting the actions needed to adapt freshwater management to the effects of climate change. Thus to date, over 348 organizations have already signed the “Paris Pact” in 87 countries. The Pact reminds us that climate change is affecting the quantity and quality of freshwater and aquatic ecosystems, especially through the intensity and greater frequency of extreme hydrological events, such as floods and droughts: the basins are natural areas where water flows on the surface and in the subsoil: appropriate water resources management and adaptation should be organized at that level. This Paris Pact includes two components: part one is describing the context and providing general principles, and part two is listing the commitments to be made by the signatories to take appropriate measures. The round table organized during this “Water and Adaptation” Day allowed presenting real examples of adaptation projects in different basins around the world.  A report on the implementation of the Pact will be presented at the COP 22, next November in Marrakech in Morocco.

 

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