The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

December 2015

WUCA Releasing Two White Papers Featuring Climate Change Planning in Water Utilities

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) has released two white papers in conjunction with the National Adaptation Forum featuring case studies of water utilities actively addressing climate change. These papers advance the understanding of how the relatively new enterprise of climate change assessment and adaptation practice is developing, and provide valuable feedback from the front lines of climate change planning to guide future investment in this rapidly growing field of inquiry. More information and links to each paper can be found below. Read More...
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#ClimateIsWater - Glacial Retreat from Climate Change and Effects on Energy Production

In the twelth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Laurent Bellet, Energy and Water Advisor for the Sustainable Development Division of Electricité de France (EDF). Mr. Bellet talks about the changes in La Mer de Glace glacier in France due to climate change and how they have affected power generation in the area. These issues are an illustration of the challenges in designing infrastructure in light of changing climate and shifting water resources. He also outlines some of the approaches to sustainable water management being done by EDF in Europe.

This video is the latest in the #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking climateiswater.org for future installments and news from the campaign.

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#ClimateIsWater - PARA-Agua Project in Colombia and Peru

In the eleventh episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Sergio Claure, Chief of Party for the PARA-Agua Project - an initiative funded by USAID and implemented by Aecom International Development. In this episode Dr. Claure explains some of the work that PARA-Agua is doing in Peru and Colombia to combat climate change and assist water managers in the numerous river basins. He also provides some great suggestions on how the global community can respond to climate change through building capacity, raising awareness, and supporting the scaling up of pilot projects. Lastly, he explains an intriguing concept used by PARA-Agua called "twinning" that allows communities to build off of each other's strengths and experiences.



Since these projects take place in Colombia and Peru, we made another video in Spanish to provide better access to those who it influences the most. This shorter episode further dives into the work of the PARA-Agua Project, but features Ms. Cristina Portocarrero Lau, Deputy Chief of Party – Technical.



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The Pivotal Role of Water in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

IISD Reporting Services has come out with a great video produced by Tasha Goldberg and filmed/edited by Nemo Allen. The video, entitled "The Pivotal Role of Water in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation," was created as an output of COP21 in Paris.

On Monday, 7 December 2015, UN Water hosted a panel discussion on the Pivotal role of water in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The event brought together representatives from national and local government with private sector, to discuss the impacts of climate change on water. Panelists underscored that mitigation and adaptation actions may not be mutually exclusive, identifying the need for collaboration and increased investment and further expressed hope for the Paris outcomes.

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COP21 : The birth of a new water era - #ClimateIsWater

Recently in Paris 16 water organizations came together to bring the voice of water to the climate negotiations. The #ClimateIsWater initiative took its first steps at COP21 and will continue on to COP22 and beyond. Below is a great video produced by FWP featuring world leaders at COP21 all echoing the same message - CLIMATE IS WATER. Make sure to check out our #ClimateIsWater page for more information and videos from the campaign!

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AGWA at COP21 - "Resilience & Water: Towards a New Vision for Sustainability"

As part of the global #ClimateIsWater Initiative and the unofficial “Water Day” at COP21, AGWA organized an event to promote the value and understanding of water considerations within the climate change debate.

During this half-day event, Dr. John Matthews, Secretariat Coordinator for AGWA, gave a presentation on freshwater resilience entitled "Resilience & Water: Towards a New Vision for Sustainability." This video provides insight into the threats, vulnerabilities, and uncertainties facing freshwater and how the global water community can respond resiliently.

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AGWA in NY Times


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AGWA and its newly released Nature Climate Change paper are featured in the NY Times article "Heading Off Negative Impacts of Dam Projects." In this Special Report on Energy for Tomorrow, the article explains how the newly created eco-engineering decision scaling (EEDS) methodology can drastically influence the way that water managers build and operate dams going forward. Using the example of the Mekong River and its tributaries, Ms. Gies outlines the role of this novel methodology as a way of adapting to climate change in rivers worldwide. It features interviews with several AGWA members, including the paper's co-authors, Dr. LeRoy Poff and Dr. Casey Brown.
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