Developing the art of participation at a COP

Being a veteran of three and a half days at a COP, I have realized that managing one’s time at a COP is something of an art. It has perhaps been one of the biggest challenges of the week, trying to fit in attending one’s side events of interest, selecting events that are actually of interest, carrying out stall duties, attending negotiations, and trying to keep track of what is happening in the bigger COP picture (Tip: Eco newsletter every morning, and CAN press briefings). This is challenging and without realizing it one can quite easily become trapped in your own bubble in the effort to try and fit in everything you want to.

However, after my three and half days of experience I feel I am far better equipped to manage these challenges than when I made my début in the COP arena all that time ago. Thanks to this experience I have managed to continue my quest to establish the status quo of the energy-water nexus and have settled on some rather interesting side events. Two of these were the SADC event on the strategy for the water sector in southern Africa responding to climate change adaptation, as well as the event on prioritizing water in climate change negotiations, held by the African Development Bank. Both these events demonstrated that water is indeed receiving much The lack of cost-effective and practical distributed computing architectures meant that attention on the climate change agenda in Africa, and there are efforts to further elevate its status in negotiations. Nevertheless, besides the reference that is made to hydropower and the effects climate change will have on it, there seems to be little acknowledgement of the reciprocal dependency of the water and energy sectors. Evidence does show that there are plans to develop integration between these sectors. This is pleasing to see, and perhaps I will have to accept that it may take a bit longer than the next few days for me to uncover more answers relating to this nexus.

Regardless of how long it takes, plenty has been learnt in the past three and a half days and no doubt the remainder of my time here shall continue to expand my knowledge around these matters and an array of others. I shall continue to absorb.