Talanoa Water Dialogue

TALANOA-WATER will actively engage all relevant stakeholders leveraging on an innovative storytelling method, the Talanoa Dialogue, adopted within the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) for consensus-building on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. The Fijian word ‘Talanoa’ refers to an inclusive, participatory and transparent conversation among participants to share stories, build empathy and trust, and make wise decisions for the collective good – in the case of climate change by restoring the balance between greenhouse gas emissions and removals, while exploring strategies that make carbon neutral NDCs compatible with inclusive growth. TALANOA-WATER will exploit the demonstrated ability of the Talanoa Dialogue in steering collective action to set sustainable water use limits that restore the balance between demand and supply in overallocated basins under climate change, through Basin Determined Contributions (BDCs); and to design and implement collectively agreed transformational adaptation strategies that align individual actions with BDCs while achieving equitable growth.

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