The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Aug 2016

AGWA Annual Report Now Available

AGWA has just released its Annual Report for September 2015 - August 2016, which also outlines the organization's path forward for next year and beyond. The document is available to view or download here. The report summarizes AGWA’s policy work as well as technical programs and initiatives. It will be drawn upon during the Annual Meeting on Saturday 27 August in Stockholm.

Other areas addressed in the report include: AGWA's vision, history, membership, governance, annual budget, and other programmatic information. Please check it out to stay up to date on AGWA’s recent and ongoing projects and to see where we’re headed. Read More...
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SIWI Publishes "The Water Report 2016" in Leadup to WWW

SIWI's Water Report follows and analyzes current and long-term issues that are central to building a water-wise world. The Water Report 2016 discusses Water and Migration, Water in the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, as well as Water for Sustainable Growth.

SIWI has published this report in advance of World Water Week, which takes place 28 August - 2 September in Stockholm. You can see the full press release at http://www.siwi.org/publications/the-water-report-2016/. The report is freely available to view online or download using the same link. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: World Water Week Edition

AGWA has just released the World Water Week edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue of AGWA Updates will provide you with all the information you need to know related to AGWA events before and throughout the week. It also includes a very important letter to the membership from AGWA's Co-Chairs. Take a look using the link above! Read More...
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Letter to Members from AGWA Co-Chairs

Stockholm and Washington 2016-08-17


WELCOME TO THE AGWA ANNUAL MEETING!

Dear AGWA friends,

We are now getting close to the World Water Week in Stockholm. In conjunction with this, the AGWA annual meeting will also take place in Stockholm on 27 August at 1-5 pm CET.

We very much hope to see many of you there. This is an important opportunity to take stock on the progress of AGWA and to discuss next steps and measures.

AGWA has seen some remarkable achievements as well as rapid growth during the past year. For instance, the number of subscribers to our newsletter has grown 70% compared to last year, to over 900 individuals. At the same time, AGWA has seen a rapid differentiation and expansion of its policy activities, the elevation of its policy capacity and the achievement of a number of significant policy goals, the delivery and adoption of a number of major new technical initiatives; the award of several new grants to support AGWA-informed programs and activities; and the publication of many high-profile AGWA documents and press around our activities. Much of this is reflected in our Annual Report. We have a great deal to be proud of but we need to maintain this momentum and reflect on where we take our network in the coming years.

At the same time we have faced severe financial constraints jeopardizing the proper functioning of our Secretariat. While the funding for projects has really taken off this year, it has proven difficult to identify long term sustainable financing options to support the core functioning of the Secretariat and its networking activities – i.e., the glue that keeps us together. It is fair to say that our coordinator John Matthews, his Research Associate, Alex Mauroner, as well as the SIWI office have been pushed very hard to maintain necessary networking service and to keep AGWA going. We are facing immediate budget constraints and in the long run, AGWA will not have the capacity to sustain itself and a solution must be found with urgency.

Therefore the Steering Committee (SC) has discussed alternative models for financing of AGWA core functions. These include setting aside a certain percentage of project income, starting membership fees, and identifying sponsors/donors for core funding. This year’s annual meeting will decide how to pursue this challenge.

Another vital issue for AGWA is the steering committee engagement. The annual meeting will decide on the steering committee for the next period. Please let us know if you would like to suggest a candidate or if you would be interested yourself.

We very much look forward to your participation in the annual meeting. If you are not able to travel to Stockholm but want to put forward your ideas and suggestion – please write an email to John and let us know what you think. Indeed, AGWA is its membership.

AGWA is a fantastic, effective, and promising network. We have already done so much, and what we have accomplished is amazing. But we are now at a crossroads – and what we will decide will be decisive for the development. Join us in Stockholm and help us chart the future.

Karin Lexén, Director, World Water Week and International Policy, SIWI and
Diego Rodriguez, Senior Economist, Latin America and Caribbean Region, the World Bank,
Co-Chairs of AGWA

You can download a copy of this letter here.

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Guest Blog | US-Spain Water Initiative Seeking Partners in Water Protection, Management, and Governance

This guest blog was written by Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari and Luke Wilson of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC).

The Center for Water Security and Cooperation is announcing the establishment of the United States–Spain Water Initiative (the “Initiative”) with the support of the Spanish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and the Environment and U.S. Federal agencies. And we are looking for you - state agencies, river basin commissions, nonprofit organizations, international organizations, trade associations, commercial entities, utilities, universities and interested parties - to become Partners and lead the conversation in water protection, management and governance.

The Initiative drives collaboration and action on water by bringing together an international multi-stakeholder network of members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss and address challenges. The objectives of the Initiative are to:
  • stimulate conversation and innovate approaches to water protection, management and governance,
  • bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to generate more comprehensive, holistic approaches,
  • provide a sustainable platform for peer-to-peer and interdisciplinary exchanges and knowledge, information and data sharing related to the achievement of water security,
  • complement and enrich ongoing research and innovation,
  • prepare and publish independent guidance reports aiding stakeholders in achieving water security.
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Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices has just been released

The Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices has just been released by the WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme. The purpose of this handbook is to cover some of the most commonly used drought indicators/indices that are being applied across drought-prone regions, with the goal of advancing monitoring, early warning and information delivery systems in support of risk-based drought management policies and preparedness plans. These concepts and indicators/indices are outlined in what is considered to be a living document that will evolve and integrate new indicators and indices as they come to light and are applied in the future. The handbook is aimed at those who want to generate indicators and indices themselves, as well as for those who simply want to obtain and use products that are generated elsewhere. It is intended for use by general drought practitioners and aims to serve as a starting point, showing which indicators/indices are available and being put into practice around the world. In addition, the handbook has been designed with drought risk management processes in mind. However, this publication does not aim to recommend a ‘best’ set of indicators and indices. The choice of indicators/indices is based on the specific characteristics of droughts most closely associated with the impacts of concern to the stakeholders.

A PDF version of the handbook is available at http://www.droughtmanagement.info/handbook-drought-indicators-and-indices/.

An interactive online version of the Handbook – a searchable database that includes the option to provide comments and additional resources on the indicators and indices – is available, aiming to make this publication a ‘living document’, which will be updated based on the experience of its readers.

The handbook is currently being translated to Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. Read More...
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New GIZ Publication on Transboundary Water Management

GIZ is pleased to announce a new publication on transboundary water management entitled Transboundary Water Law and Policy – Exchanging Experiences across African River Basin Organizations. The publication provides an overview of different legal and policy arrangements for transboundary water management and summarizes the results of a workshop organized by GIZ and hosted by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in 2015. At the workshop, high-level representatives of African RBOs and regional institutions discussed critical advances in the development and implementation of law and policy frame­works for transboundary water management and, in particular, the development of infrastructure on transboundary watercourses and the development and im­plementation of legal and policy frameworks that guide such infrastructure projects.

The publication can be found at https://www.giz.de/fachexpertise/downloads/giz2015-en-water-law-policy.pdf. Read More...
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