The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Dec 2016

AGWA Updates: Happy Holidays

AGWA has just released a year-end edition of its newsletter wishing all of our members "Happy Holidays!" You can access the issue at https://app.flashissue.com/newsletters/66a51c2955e2288ea19f25231f3fc4793580191c. We take a look back at all that we have accomplished as a network throughout 2016. Most importantly, we want to thank our members for all of their invaluable contributions.

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COP22 OUTCOME DOCUMENT OF THE ACTION EVENT ON WATER

Thanks to the efforts of the water community, Morocco, France, and Peru, and the UNFCCC, a dedicated "Water Action Day" was organized during COP 22, which included a Dialogue about the role of the water community in supporting the UNFCCC and the role of the UNFCCC in supporting effective water management. The participants of the Dialogue, led in discussion by the OECD and AGWA, had their comments directed into a plan released today.

Organizers have prepared an Outcome Document of the Action Event on Water based upon the discussions that took place during throughout the Action Day on Water. The document contains key information that will have important ramifications for water-climate policy moving forward.
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Global Water Futures hiring over 750 positions

Cold Regions Water and Climate Research Posts: Multiple Faculty, Research Scientist, and Post-Graduate Student Openings in Global Water Futures at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

The University of Saskatchewan recently launched the new Global Water Futures (GWF) water research programme in partnership with the University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University and with strong support from the Government of Canada. This seven-year, $143 million cold regions water research program will be employing over 750 new tenure-track faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, post-graduate students and research technicians. Many of these will be hired by the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan over the coming winter and spring. This is an unprecedented opportunity to participate in the largest university-led water and climate research programme in the world, located in the welcoming environment of Western Canada.
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Resilience in the Rural Andes

The journal Regional Environmental Change has released a Special Issue on "Resilience in the rural Andes: critical dynamics, constraints and emerging opportunities," which presents current advances in resilience science and practice.

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The Andes present an ideal learning space to draw lessons on existing and emerging resilience challenges and opportunities. Andean people and societies have co-evolved with the unique high-mountain contexts in which they live, sometimes in altitudes of more than 3800 m. Although historical achievements including irrigation systems, domestication of cameloids (llama and alpaca) and crop preservation techniques facilitated the development of ancient civilisations in the Andes, modern Andean people face serious challenges in achieving food security and wellbeing. This Special Issue aims to improve our understanding of the key dynamics of socio-ecological systems that constrain or foster resilience in the rural Andes. It comprises six papers that investigate three core features of resilience in a variety of socio-ecological systems: diversity, connectivity and development models. The novel insights into resilience dynamics include specific features related to the high-mountain contexts and socio-political tensions in the Andes. Future research can build on this knowledge to further not only resilience theory but also methodological approaches which reflect both case-specific and generic complexity.
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American Water Resources Association’s 2017 Spring Specialty Conference | Call for abstracts

This is a conference update and call for abstracts for the American Water Resources Association’s 2017 Spring Specialty Conference, “Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity.” The conference will be held from April 30 through May 3, 2017, in Snowbird, Utah, just 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The deadline for submitting an abstract is January 9, 2017.

The conference focuses on hydrological, chemical, and biological connectivity in lakes, wetlands, streams, estuaries, and oceans. The conference will cover a wide range of topics on connectivity and should be a wonderful opportunity to learn about and discuss research that others are doing in fields related to aquatic systems. More information on abstract submission is found below.
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Joint Statement on Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP 13) is currently taking place in Cancun, Mexico. The CBD CoP runs from 4 - 17 December 2016.

December 6th was designated as Climate Change Day at the Conference of Parties. To mark the occasion, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands prepared a joint statement with UNDP, the European Commission, and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR).

You can view or download the joint statement here.
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Participate in 2017 World Water Week!

In the recently released Call for Engagement document, SIWI invited organizations and individuals to become involved in 2017 World Water Week through event hosting and abstract submission. In these pages, SIWI presents the thematic scope as well as the nine core seminars, and provides you with the information needed to submit abstracts and event proposals for the Week. Submit today! Online submissions are being accepted until January 22nd on the World Water Week website. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: December 2016

AGWA has just released the December edition of its newsletter - available here. Following COP22 in Marrakech, we have included a special focus section on outcomes from the event. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Read More...
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A Bright December: Notes from the Coordinator

AGWA’s network has been extremely active over the past month. As detailed below, COP22 in Marrakech saw a large and active AGWA and #ClimateIsWater attendance, led by SIWI, Arup, the US Army Corps and many others. An “outcomes” document is due soon that will provide a roadmap on how the water and climate change communities can support one another going forward.

The AGWA Policy Group was also very present at the Budapest Water Summit, while we saw AGWA representatives talking ecosystems and national policy (Mexico), cities and adaptation (China), and natural infrastructure and bonds (globally) at a number of events. Ben Denjean and Elena Lopez led an ambitious effort to synthesize the state of knowledge on insurance and climate adaptation around water issues, while this week Will Sarni with Deloitte with represent CBI, AGWA, and other partners at a TNC-Columbia University Global Water Summit in New York. The AGWA steering committee and a task force led by Joppe Cramwinckel with the WBCSD met to discuss AGWA’s institutional shape, while a team including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the World Bank, Deltares, and the Army Corps of Engineers (among others) met to strategize how to promote the next generation of climate adaptation practice more broadly over the coming year.

As an individual, sometimes it is hard to believe how AGWA has moved from 30 people to just shy of 1000, and to feel the warmth of enthusiasm and support globally as many institutions speak for all of us about the need to include climate change in our water work, and to include water in our climate work. The sense of progress is palpable and direct over a scale of months and quite striking on a scale of years. Most recently, I was deeply struck by how far we have come as I co-moderated the Water Dialogue session at the COP, while wearing a badge as a representative of the Moroccan government — a real honor to the trust Morocco and the UNFCCC have placed in us. And a sign that the water has a seat at the UN climate table at last.

December is a wet, chilly, rainy month in Oregon. The sun rises late and sets early, with less daylight every day. But my office has a glowing wood stove, and the rain makes a comforting sound on the roof. AGWA too has a warm heart.

Best wishes for the coming December holidays and for the New Year, and deep thanks for your engagement and support.

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