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date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 08:32:54 +0200
from: "Kabat, dr. P." <P.KabatatXYZxyzerra.wag-ur.nl>
subject: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) : Water &
to: "William J. Cosgrove (E-mail)" <wjcosgroveatXYZxyzpuserve.com>, "Henk van Schaik (E-mail)" <hvs@ihe.nl>, "Rco (E-mail)" <rco@ihe.nl>, "HELLMUTH MOLLY ELIZABETH (E-mail)" <Molly.Hellmuth@Colorado.EDU>, veraart@Alterra.wag-ur.nl, "Bert Diphoorn (E-mail)" <aj.diphoorn@minbuza.nl>, "Holger Hoff (E-mail)" <hhoff@pik-potsdam.de>

Dear Bill, Bert, dear colleagues:

after having attended the 19th Session of the IPCC - Panel meeting last week
in Geneva,
it is my great pleasure to announce that the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) has decided at its 19th session, held in Geneve on
April 17-20, 2002, to adopt a proposal launched jointly by the Dialogue on
Water & Climate and WMO/WCP-Water, to start preparation for a Special IPCC
Report on Climate & Water. By decision of the Panel, a scoping paper for
Special Report will be prepared by Working Groups I and II of the IPCC, in
close collaboration with the International Secretariat of the Dialogue on
Water and Climate, and with WMO/WCP-Water. Activities on IPCC Special
Report on Water and Climate could follow after the 3dr World Water Forum
(March 2003), and where possible, build further from a Synthesis Report on
Water&Climate, which is currently under preparation by the Dialogue on Water
and Climate as input to the 3rd World Water Forum. The IPCC Special Report
on Climate and Water would have to be completed by 2005, and it would become
one of leading documents for the 4th World Water Forum in 2006.

Attached, a proposal as submitted to IPCC Panel meeting by the Dialogue on
Water and Climate, jointly with WMO/WCP-Water, and a short public
<<DWC_Proposal_version1.doc>> <<Short announcement_DWC_WMO_IPCC.doc>>

The IPCC Panel consists of 192 UN countries; governmental delegations of
146 countries attended Geneva meeting last week. Our proposal for a Special
Report on Climate and Water met a wide support of most of the delegations
present. Countries which spoke out openly in favour included USA (!!),
Australia, Austria, Japan, Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Tunisia, Marocco,
Kenya, China, Peru, Saudi Arabia (!!); among many others.

We believe this an important milestone in a process of scientific and
political recognition of the "cross cutting issue water" in the
international arena of global environmental change. This success is even
more remarkable if placed in context of potential implications for a
decisionmaking process and actionplans re. adaptation and coping strategies
with climate variability and change - see e.g. the spin-off of a special
report on Land Use and Carbon Sinks. And last, but not least- this will
become one of the first concrete "off-springs" of the Dialogue on Water and
Climate, a guaranteed continuity of Dialogue process beyond the 2003 - 3rd
World Water Forum.

Contacts for further information are:
Robert Watson, past-Chair, IPCCC (rwatson@worldbank.org)
Susan Solomon, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group I (solomon@al.noaa.gov)
Martin Parry, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group II (parry@aol.com)
Wolfgang Grabs, WMO/WCP-Water ( Grabs_W@gateway.wmo.ch)
Pavel Kabat, Science Director Dialogue on Water and Climate (

The above group has been requested by the IPCC Panel to initiate a "Scoping
Paper". I hope you all would be willing to contribute to this process!

Short Paper in Science Magazine on Water&cClimate: as several of you
remember, we have initiated writing of this short paper after the Bonn Water
Conference (12/2001), following launching of the Dialogue on Water and
Climate programme. A proposal is now to link this paper to a new momentum-
which is the IPCC decision, and to the upcoming Johannesburg conference ,
where water in relation to climate will have important stake. Depending on
initial success/failure story of a short paper, we may consider drafting
extended review article of a subject for Science or Nature, and submit it so
it can be accepted/published before Johannesburg. Interim results of the
Dialogue on Water and Climate (eg "white paper", IWA/DWC paper, starting
regional projects/dialogues), together with many exciting contributions your
respective organisations/groups can provide, should make drafting of such a
review feasible.
I will be sending separate communication about it, but would be interested
in your initial response

Finally - as you probably know, the IPCC Panel has been electing its new
Chair and the Bureau at its meeting last week.
There were many issues at stake and entangled in this elections, included
the US formal present attitude towards Climate Convention and Kyoto
Protocol, as well as a "wish" for much stronger manifestation of a
"coalition" of developing countries (lead by Saudi Arabia......!) in IPCC
process. It this not appropriate and formally correct to put any qualifiers
on this lengthy and terribly formal/bureaucratic process and its outcome,
though you may be reading in-between the lines, so just the results:
There were 3 candidates for a Chair 1) Bob Watson, current IPCC chair; 2) R
Pachauri from India, 3) a Brazilian candidate
132 countries had presented valid voting slips, results: 7 votes to Brazil,
49 for Watson and 76 for Pachauri- new Chair for coming 5-6 years is
Pachauri. It was not clear at this stage what (if any) formal IPCC position
could be designated to Bob Watson..

In any case, by decision of the Panel, the next (4th) IPCC overall
assessment report (FAR) is now due in 2007

best regards,

Pavel Kabat

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> Chair, Climate Change & Biosphere Centre, Wageningen University and
> Research Centre
> Scientific Director, International Secretariat Dialogue Water and Climate
> (IDWC)
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