The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

World Fish Migration Day 2018 | New Promo Video

World Fish Migration Day will take place on 21 April, 2018. Over 2000 organizations, from New Zealand to Hawaii, will be involved in this third edition of WFMD. If you'd like to find out more on the upcoming events or the key messages, take a look at this great video featuring Dr. Zeb Hogan of the National Geographic Wild television channel.



World Fish Migration Day is a one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. Read More...
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Follow-Up from "Tools for Urban Climate Adaptation" Workshop in Turku, Finland

This guest blog was written by Pilar Meseguer, iWater Project Coordinator in the City of Turku.
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On 29 November 2017 we had a training workshop on urban climate change adaptation (CA) in Turku, Finland. As iWater project coordinator in the city of Turku, I am already working on stormwater management and CA issues, so I immediately thought that the training could help me a lot. We are already experiencing climate change effects in the region of Turku. Winters seem to be warmer and shorter, with less snow and more rain events.

The training workshop surpassed my expectations. It was very interesting, all the way from the presentation of the Finnish National Adaptation Plan by Saara Lilja-Rothsten from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to the case of Pori presented by Matti Lankiniemi, special supervisor of the city of Pori.

When planning the development of new areas in the city we do not know how to take into account the uncertainties of the future related to climate change. We need more information about methodologies that can help us develop resilient and flexible adaptive measures. That is why the most useful part for me was the new methodology CRIDA introduced by John Matthews from Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and Ad Jeuken from the Research Institute Deltares. I plan to use CRIDA within the iWater project. I am now trying to include the methodology in the Integrated Stormwater Management (ISWM) system that we are developing in iWater.

Unfortunately we are dealing with complex situations which need complex approaches and methodologies that exceed the knowledge of specialists in the city of Turku. It is still difficult to say whether there should be more training on those issues for municipal officers or if we should use external expert help. Probably the combination of both is the optimal solution.
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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Designing & Planning for Resilience in Water Infrastructure

You can now listen to the latest episode of the ClimateReady Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, or AGWA's Knowledge Platform. The latest episode focuses on decisions around planning, design, and investments in water infrastructure. The main interview comes from Dr. Patrick Ray of the Univ. of Cincinnati and UMass-Amherst's Hydrosystems Research Group. You'll hear about the concept behind bottom-up approaches to climate adaptation, the World Bank's Decision Tree Framework, and work being done in Mexico City and elsewhere to assess and address long-term climatic and non-climatic risks to water systems and infrastructure.

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Implementing nature based flood protection: Principles and implementation guidance

Earlier this year Deltares held a workshop entitled "Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction." The goal of the workshop was to explore principles and guidance for planning, design, and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management as an alternative to or complementary to conventional engineering measures.

Following the workshop in April, the World Bank has now published a full report (in English) outlining the principles and implementation steps that will lead to more effective flood risk management. You can access this open-source guidance document for free from the World Bank's website here.
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AGWA Updates: December 2017

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the December issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network, including a number of important outcomes from COP23. Plus, as always it is full of the latest news related to climate change, climate finance, policy, and much more. It's well worth your time!

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AGWA Participating in SNAPP Project on Connections Between Land Use Management and Downstream Flows

This guest blog was written by Kari Vigerstol, Director of Water Security Science and Innovation at the Nature Conservancy.
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AGWA will be participating as an implementation partner in a two-year Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) project that will explore the connections between land use management and downstream flows. This work is critical for increasing our understanding of the scale of impact we can have on mitigating high and low flows through conservation activities such as forest protection, reforestation, agricultural best management practices and others. The driving question that the working group will address is: to what extent, and under what circumstances, can source water protection activities be expected to produce meaningful baseflow, groundwater recharge, and flood impacts, both under current and future climate conditions? The project is being jointly led by The Nature Conservancy1, the Natural Capital Project and Conservation International, with implementing partners AGWA and Forest Trends.
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COP23 Water Action Day Outcome Document

The 2nd annual Water Action Day, held 10 November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany was largely successful, bringing together an exceptional group of over 100 speakers representing a diverse range of stakeholders and viewpoints including national and international financial institutions, national ministries, farmers organisations, NGOs, basin networks, civil society, the private sector, local governments, indigenous groups, and youth. The organizers, including AGWA, recently published the Water Action Day Outcomes Document, which gives a brief overview of our priorities over the next few years and will guide our actions during this time. These include:
  • Scale up collaboration between Climate and Water communities in preparation of the COP24 and beyond by contributing to the Global Climate Action Marrakech Partnership and the overall UNFCCC process, showcasing how wise water management can support the delivery of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework targets.
  • Through the water-focused basin networks, continue efforts to expand and improve adaptive water management projects and increase the capacity of basin communities to address climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Improve and increase water-sound climate financing by working with a broad spectrum of finance institutions to ensure mechanisms are in place for water-intensive climate investments to adopt resilient water resource management, in order to better respond to uncertain climate impacts.
The full document is available here: http://alliance4water.org/resources/cop_23_outcome-waterday_final.pdf.
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Ceres Launching an Investor Water Toolkit

Ceres is a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the economy to build a sustainable future. To support this vision they are launching the Investor Water Toolkit, the first-ever comprehensive resource to evaluate and act on water risks in investment portfolios. The Toolkit is free to use, though it will require logging in to Ceres' website. Accounts are free and quick to set up.

Within the Toolkit, users will receive "how-to" guidance and decision making support for investors. Tools are separated into five easily accessible and understandable modules (see more below). Ceres will also be hosting a webinar exploring the Investor Water Toolkit on 11 January 2018 (details below).
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New Episode of AGWA's "ClimateReady" Podcast - Climate Finance & Green Bonds

The latest episode of AGWA's ClimateReady Podcast is now out! This episode focuses on the critical role of climate finance in achieving the SDGs as well as the need for standardization within the green bonds market. It features an interview with Anna Creed of Climate Bonds Initiative. In 2017 alone the green bond issuances topped $100bn USD. That's one way that we can help fund a sustainable future! But, there is still need to scale up investments in climate bonds within the nearly $100 trillion broader bond market. Take a listen below to find out more! And, don't forget to check out other episodes on AGWA's Knowledge Platform and subscribe through SoundCloud or iTunes!



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