The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Feb 2016

US-Netherlands Connection’s Professional Program (USNC Pro)

Florida Earth Foundation invites you to a professional program focusing on water infrastructure, governance and adaptation. During this five day program, participants will visit the world’s most advanced water infrastructure and management sites and connect with the engineers, administrators and operators responsible. The Dutch have been working on water challenges for more than 1,000 years, and Recently the focus has shifted to climate adaptation and resilience. Explore this shifting mindset, network with other professionals interested in water, and foster solutions that can be brought back and applied.

Each year Florida Earth takes a group of professionals in the water field or interested in learning more about water governance, policy and management techniques. The group visits the Maeslant Barrier, the largest moving structure in the world; Kinderdijk, famous for its windmills; Futureland, the land-creation project; and numerous ancient cities filled with incredible architecture. Read More...
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Seeking case studies and information sources that demonstrate the role of biodiversity in disaster risk reduction

Together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Japanese Biodiversity Fund, IUCN is conducting assessments to document practical examples of how biodiversity contribute to disaster risk reduction (DRR). More details on the project can be found here.

Six Regional assessments are being carried out simultaneously in these regions:

1) Asia
2) South America
3) Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
4) Oceania
5) Eastern and Southern Africa
6) West and Central Africa

If you are working on initiatives or have information and case studies that demonstrate the role of biodiversity in disaster risk reduction, please get in touch with Fabiola Monty, providing a brief description of the case study. If relevant for the assessments, you will be provided with additional guidelines (expected content, number of words and deadlines) Relevant case studies will be included in one of the regional assessment reports that will be circulated as from beginning of May 2016 and will be considered for inclusion in a global synthesis planned for July 2016. Read More...
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RainMapper: New Smartphone App Uses Remote Sensing to Provide Rainfall Totals Across Globe

In developed countries, precipitation forecasting generally involves integrating data from weather stations, radiosondes, Doppler radar and weather satellites, not to mention numerical forecasting using supercomputers. Needless to say, such systems are not available in all parts of the world.

However, often an estimate of how much rain has fallen recently in or around the area of interest is sufficient. For this, the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS; http://chrs.web.uci.edu/), along with UNESCO-IHP’s arid regions program G-WADI (www.gwadi.org or www.iciwarm.org), have developed solutions for both personal computers and mobile-devices.
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USAID ACM Series: Connecting Freshwater Knowledge to Climate Practice

On January 21, 2016, USAID's Adaptation Community held a meeting on connecting freshwater to climate practice with Dr. John Mathews from the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. The video of this presentation and ensuing discussion can be found below.

Overview of Webinar
Most expressions of climate change are water change, and primarily freshwater change. Freshwater changes, including variations in water flows and seasonal precipitation patterns, are a major way that climate change impacts natural ecosystems and economies. Many aspects of climate change adaptation must focus on resilient water management in order to be effective. However, the long lifetimes of water infrastructure such as dams, and the complexity of water stakeholder interests, are just some of the factors that have led to an under-appreciation of the important cross-sectoral role of water management in effective climate change adaptation. This webinar will examine concrete examples of how programming that addresses engineering, financial, and public policy elements of water management can and must lead to shared insights and new paths of action for adaptation to changes in freshwater dynamics resulting from climate change. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: February 2016

The latest issue of AGWA's monthly newsletter is now available! This issue is full of the latest water and climate updates, as well as a series of infrastructure, policy, & investment news. You'll also find a listing of recent publications and funding opportunities that you've come to expect in AGWA Updates. Enjoy! Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voices: Fighting the Language of Resilience: Godzilla vs The Blob

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, discusses the challenges in clearly defining "resilience" as it relates to climate change.

Much of the work of addressing climate impacts from water threats is difficult to communicate. It is no easy feat to come up with a clear and consistent definition for "resilience," even though it is one of the more often-used terms in the field. In this article resilience takes on some interesting forms - Godzilla vs The Blob. Read More...
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Join in World Fish Migration Day this May

World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. It is hosted by the World Fish Migration Platform and will take place on 21 May 2016. WFMD is celebrated by over 1000 organizations around the globe. Currently there are 32 countries participating and hosting a range of events.

Organizers are seeking the participation of other organizations whose goals and values align with the World Fish Migration Platform. Participating organizations will organize their own event and outreach communication under the umbrella of the World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). The WFMD partnership will take care of the central coordination, international publicity, and maintain this website. We will send regular updates on the progress and international communication to participants as well as the WFMD logo to be used for communication purposes. Read More...
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Bringing Nature Back - New Documentary

As climate change takes hold in the Mekong region, the worst effects will be manifested through water.

ICEM's new documentary – Bringing Nature Back – illustrates the benefits of using green infrastructure and bioengineering to build climate resilience in the Mekong Region.

With climate change, the Mekong Region can expect to see more severe droughts, increased floods, and heavy storms. To mitigate the impacts of these events and build climate resilience, we will have to re-envision how we practice infrastructure development. We will have to bring nature back. Read More...
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