The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Services and Opportunities with Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) is a US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded enterprise providing programs and services that support the advancement of water science across the United States and internationally. The CUAHSI board of directors would like to invite you to learn more about CUAHSI services and opportunities in the hydrologic sciences by signing up to receive (1) the monthly e-mail newsletter from CUAHSI, and/or (2) occasional announcements (1-2 per week on average) of specific opportunities with upcoming deadlines.

Newsletter and occasional announcements cover data publication and discovery through CUAHSI's Water Data Center, cyberseminars, training courses and Pathfinder Fellowships for graduate students, community hydrologic modeling initiatives, conferences such as the Biennial Symposium and this year's Conference on Hydroinformatics, and other opportunities and events.

You can sign up to either or both mailing lists here.

AGWA Updates

We have just released the August issue of our AGWA Updates newsletter -- available here. Take note of the important dates listed for our Annual Meeting and other World Water Week events. We will send out another newsletter soon with even more details on all of our Stockholm events.

In this edition we cover a great deal of the latest climate and water news. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and many upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the a particularly large section on recent publications. Enjoy!

Life-hacking water challenges: making low energy, low carbon utilities happen

This guest blog was written by Eva Promes, Programmes Officer, Cities for the Future at the International Water Association (IWA).


There is no shortage of challenges these days. The tiny day-to-day ones, such as untangling your earphones are easily relatable and normally resolved with a quick fix. Big global water challenges are a whole other story. The problems related to climate change are so big that often people struggle to grasp the solutions.
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There seems no easy solution for achieving targets such as defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) that aim to limit the impacts of climate change. However, there is general consensus that time is running out to secure safe water and sanitation services for all. So what can we, in the water sector, do to bring these global targets within reach?

Call for Papers for World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018

The Call for papers for the World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 has started! Please send your thought provoking contributions and help shape our water future. IWA is inviting proposals for sessions (scientific sessions, interactive workshops, training events, regional fora), and abstracts of scientific/ technical/ policy papers related to the Congress Themes. From the event website you can find the template of a session and abstract proposal. The 2018 Programme Committee welcomes your contributions before the 1st October 2017. Check for key dates and updates. Read More...

Open Access Special Issue on The productivity and profitability of small scale communal irrigation systems in South-eastern Africa

An open access special issue on The productivity and profitability of small scale communal irrigation systems in South-eastern Africa has been published in the International Journal of Water Resources Development. These 11 articles on small scale irrigation include: an exploration of the profitability and productivity barriers and opportunities; case studies from each of the three countries; an overview of extension use; income inequality; a soil water and solute learning system; the theory and application of Agricultural Innovation Platforms; policy barriers and opportunities for enhanced productivity; and an overview article on findings on productivity and profitability.

The research finds that if irrigation systems are to successfully secure food supplies under a changing climate, donors must invest in better scheme management rather than only investing in infrastructure. You can access the full volume or individual articles by visiting Read More...