The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Outcomes from "A Deeper Blue for Green Bonds: Water Investment Criteria for Nature-based Solutions"

Interested in learning more about green bonds? Want to hear how cities like San Francisco are funding innovative nature-based solutions through newly established Climate Bonds Standards?

Last week Ceres hosted a webinar on the newly launched water criteria focused on nature-based solutions for green bonds. The criteria have been undergoing staged development by the Climate Bonds Initiative, AGWA, Ceres, CDP, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and international experts. The criteria help define and evaluate low carbon and climate resilient water infrastructure projects encompassing two broad components: 1) climate mitigation and 2) climate adaptation/resilience.

If you missed the recent webinar, you can now listen to the event on-demand to learn more about the topic.
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AGWA Updates: June 2018

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the June issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. Plus, as always it is full of the latest news related to climate change, climate finance, policy, and much more. It's well worth your time!

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Join the Roster of Experts of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage

Are you working on averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change? Join the Roster of Experts of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage to volunteer your specific expertise!

Experts register through the Roster of Experts of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. Relevant individuals registered in the roster are contacted by the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism to contribute their expertise in undertaking specific activities of the workplan of the Committee. If contacted experts are interested in working with the Committee as invited, voluntary technical work begins.
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Call for expressions of interest in UNFCCC Regional Climate Weeks

The Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the UNFCCC secretariat with the Nairobi Framework Partnership partner agencies and hosted by different Governments in three regions throughout the year. They are so far organized in Africa, the Asia Pacific and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal of Regional Climate Weeks is to support Parties in the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals by mobilizing stakeholders across the region.
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The business benefits of engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

This article originally appeared on the Aquacross website.
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The EU integrated the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, including three SDGs that are particularly relevant for the management of aquatic ecosystems as they cover Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Life below water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15). The AQUACROSS project aims to support the achievement of these SDGs by providing knowledge and tools regarding the management of aquatic ecosystems.

In this attempt to reach out to the business community, this brief developed by IUCN discusses how businesses working directly and indirectly with marine and freshwater environments can profit from engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Arguably, supporting the achievement of SDGs will reduce specific threats to aquatic ecosystems and ensure the sustenance of services that these provide. This will in turn benefit economic activities that rely on these ecosystem service provisions.

The brief highlights the important role that business plays in the implementation of the SDGs, by providing crucial financing, in addition to contributing to innovation and technical capabilities. In addition, businesses can benefit from engaging with the SDGs, as the engagement will allow the identification of new markets and opportunities for investments and partnerships. Furthermore, by supporting the achievement of SDGs, the environmental performance of businesses can be improved, whereas risks related to biodiversity loss and water scarcity can be reduced. Also, by engaging with SDGs, businesses can improve their communication with consumers and stakeholders, as well as decision makers, to ensure their visibility and the continued access to resources. Read More...
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