CRIDF at COP23: talking climate change and water management with major funders

At COP23 climate experts and policy makers come together to discuss tackling climate change.


COP23: A key forum for CRIDF

This November the CRIDF team attended the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Held under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the COP meetings are an important part of the high level global movement to tackle global warming and its effects.

Attending what is widely considered to be the most influential climate event of the year has allowed CRIDF’s Mobilising Finance team to continue to engage with senior country officials and major international funders focused on climate change – an important aspect of CRIDF’s work.

“We support the development of a pipeline of climate resilient water infrastructure projects in SADC, and help to match these projects with the right investors” Sharmala Naidoo, Team Leader, Mobilising Finance, CRIDFThrough discussions like this, we aim to help our partners capture the funding required to drive key water management projects in Southern Africa, and so have an enormous impact on the lives of those most vulnerable to climate change. Our Mobilising Finance team therefore took the chance to engage with a wide range of climate investors during COP, including the Green Climate Fund, to discuss how CRIDF’s work can align major projects with investors’ objectives.

Engaging with the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were at the forefront of the agenda at COP this year. The CRIDF team therefore also made the time to engage with the latest thinking on how best to achieve these ambitious targets – which range from bringing about reduced inequality to the provision of safe drinking water for all. Agreed by 193 countries in September 2015, the SDGs aim to ensure prosperity for all by 2030, making it vital that CRIDF clearly shows how we are contributing to these efforts.

Supporting the Paris Agreement

The United Nations Climate Change Conferences have taken on renewed significance since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, when signatories committed to move from an era of talking about tackling climate change to implementing that change. CRIDF is excited to be a part of this progression.

For more information on CRIDF’s Mobilising Finance work, please contact Sharmala Naidoo (