The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

New OECD publication "Climate-resilient Infrastructure: Getting the Policies Right"

Climate change will affect all types of infrastructure, including energy, transport and water. Rising temperatures, increased flood risk and other potential hazards will threaten the reliable and efficient operation of these networks, with potentially large economic and social impacts. Decisions made now about the design, location and operation of infrastructure will determine how resilient they will be to a changing climate.

This paper provides a framework for action to help policy-makers ensure new and existing infrastructure is resilient to climate change.
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World Water Challenge 2017: First Announcement and Call for Problem Proposals

The organizing committee of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) is pleased to announce that the World Water Challenge 2017 (WWCH 2017) will take place as one of the signature program of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) to be held on 20-23 September 2017 at HICO in Gyeongju city, Republic of Korea.

The World Water Challenge (WWCH) is an international contest and award for individuals and organizations towards solving the global water problems. Since its first launch during the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, it has been aiming to discover imminent water challenges that world is facing and find feasible solutions to them.

The organizing committee cordially invites you to participate in this meaningful event and challenge to be a final winner with an outstanding solution to contribute to solving the water problems arising from all over the world.
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Guest Blog | Standardizing Uncertainty: Systematic Approaches to Climate Resilience for Water Security

This guest blog was written by Ana Maria Quintero, Policy Associate for The Nature Conservancy’s External Affairs and Freshwater Team. Ms. Quintero recently led a session at the IAIA17 conference that was co-chaired by AGWA and TNC.

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During the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, a group of water experts presented together on the challenges that our freshwater systems face when improper planning occurs and then explained the methodologies that exist to address water in an uncertain climate. Michael Edelstein, an environmental psychologist from Ramapo College, opened the session with a devastating example of the exponential decline of the Aral Sea. It is known as one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters, leaving the people of the region of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan without a fishing industry while facing unemployment and economic hardship.
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Modeling the Water-Energy Nexus: How Do Water Constraints Affect Energy Planning in South Africa?

A new publication on the water-energy nexus has come out of the World Bank's Thirsty Energy Initiative, whose goal is to ensure sustainable development of water and energy resources. This research focuses on incorporating a representation of water supply and infrastructure costs into an energy systems model (SATIM-W) to better reflect the interdependent nature of the energy-water nexus in South Africa and the water supply challenges facing the energy system. The results of this investigation demonstrate the process and type of tools that can be employed to examine the energy-water nexus in a national level planning context, and the insights that can be gained from water-smart energy planning.
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Guest Blog | Celebration of World Water Day in India

This guest blog was written by AGWA member Pradeep Mohapatra, team leader at UDYAMA.

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For the last two decades, UDYAMA has been celebrating World Water Day. This year the celebration ran from March 22 and continued through the end of the month. The objective is to create a sensitization among multiple stakeholders that safe quality water is at stake. It will be more critical to access due to several factors. Looking at global climate change, availing drinkable
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water will be more of an issue the way it is deteriorating. The theme for this year’s World Water Day was “waste water.” There are two important and complex crises related to the theme: water poverty and ecological poverty. Each will be more complex considering the role of climate change plays on water.

There are a few points to highlight from the celebration, which took place at various locations.

Make wise water use. Do not waste water. Reuse, Recycle, and Restore water. Harvest water and refuse to add waste (solid or liquid) to safe water. That means keeping water clean from all forms of pollution/pollutants/adulteration/affluent.

Water is a connector. Water is not a sector.
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