The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Aug 2017

AGWA Annual Meeting Going on Now

The 7th Annual General Members Meeting is going on now in Stockholm. If you'd like to participate remotely, you can find the dial-in details here.

The meeting will run from 1-5 pm CEST. We value hearing from our members so we hope you can join! Read More...

World Water Week starts this Sunday

World Water Week in Stockholm begins in just a couple of days. If you can't make it to the World Water Week this year, you can still follow the highlights and some key events online by using the official hashtag #WWWeek. Don't forget that AGWA will be hosting and speaking at events throughout the week. We have a whole page dedicated to our presence in Stockholm.

You can also follow World Water Week digitally! Watch #Live key events, such as the Opening Plenary, the Highlights from Stockholm Junior Water Prize ceremony/announcement and much more! You can find all livestreams during the week at Read More...

Book Chapter on Role of RBOs in Solving Disputes in Shared Basins

Water plays a key role in most of the world’s environmental and socioeconomic challenges – ranging from food security to climate change adaptation and from regional cooperation to energy generation. The legal and policy framework for managing water resources at the local, the national and the transboundary level is, however, still underexplored. The recently published Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy aims to address this gap by providing a comprehensive overview of water law and policy and their contributing to sustainable development.

New Tool for Virtual Experimentation with Aquatic Ecosystems

A new QGIS-based tool (WET: Water Ecosystems Tool) has just been released. WET enables model application and virtual experimentation with aquatic ecosystems. The tool wraps around a coupled GOTM-FABM-PCLake model core, which describes a wide range of physical (1D), chemical and biological processes. WET aims to ease the adaptation of models to individual lakes and drinking water reservoirs, and the tool may be used for research, teaching and management purposes. The concept behind WET has recently been published in Environmental Modelling and Software by Nielsen et al. (open access pdf available here). WET is open source, and will continue to be developed on the basis of ongoing and potential future projects. The website has just been launched, which provides additional information and download instructions.

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: August 2017

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...