The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

AGWA Updates: December 2018

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. We include a special section on the ongoing COP24 in Poland. Plus, as always it is full of the latest news on the intersection of climate and water from the fields of climate change adaptation, climate finance, policy, and much more. Stay updated! Stay informed!

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Recap of "Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation"

Water is critical: it grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity.

On the occasion of the Wilson Center's 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict. A recap of the event, including selected quotes, can be found at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/water-wilson-50-years-water-conflict-and-cooperation.

AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, gave a keynote presentation during this day-long event. His portion of the program can be found in the video recap below at the 35:15 mark.
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New Policy Briefs to Support COP24 Dialogue

AGWA's Policy Group continues to push for greater integration of resilient water management approaches within the global climate change agenda. Together with SIWI, the Policy Group has prepared several position papers and policy briefs covering a wide range of topics in advance of COP24. Access them below.
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Global Water Forum Article on DRR, Climate Change, and Water

A group of AGWA members has written an article published by Global Water Forum entitled "Mastering disaster in a changing climate: Reducing disaster risk through resilient water management." This article was written to help facilitate constructive dialogue at COP24 around the importance of water in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions. They argue that resilient water resources management serves as the connector between the climate change and DRR communities. The article supports an update of policy, practice, and financing norms in order to better address and adapt to risks facing communities and ecosystems.

Read the full article at http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2018/12/02/mastering-disaster-in-a-changing-climate-reducing-disaster-risk-through-resilient-water-management/. Read More...
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