The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Feb 2017

Call for participants to IPCC pre-scoping meeting on climate risk management, 5-7 April in Nairobi

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre would like to invite you to engage in an international scientific meeting on climate risk management, which will take place in Nairobi, from 5-7 April 2017. The meeting is convened by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and partners, and co-sponsored by the IPCC

The meeting aims to inform the upcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on climate risk management, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable human and natural systems, by discussing how scientific information on climate risk can be made most useful to decision-makers, and by identifying research gaps and ways to address them.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 3

The final installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part three explores the period from the most recent global climate policy conference to the present day, with speculation about where we may see water and climate policy headed into the future.
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Papers on Water Diplomacy and Transboundary River Management

Adelphi has published a series of studies and reports on the role, challenges and opportunities of water diplomacy and trans-boundary river cooperation in light of climate change. They are free for download.

Adelphi is an independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. Their mission is to improve global governance through research, dialogue and consultation.
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AGWA Updates: February 2017

AGWA has just released the February edition of its newsletter - available here. In this edition we cover the upcoming change in Co-Chairs within AGWA as well as other internal news on upcoming and ongoing projects. This issue contains a great deal of the latest climate and water news. 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. Enjoy! Read More...
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AGWA and SIWI Join EU Horizon 2020 Project on Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD)

Earlier this month, AGWA and SIWI participated in a series of kick-off meetings in Valladolid, Spain for a new three-year EU project called Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD). The project is coordinated by the Duero River Basin Authority and funded under the European Horizon 2020 Program. The goal of the project is to operationalize the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of risks associated with water (floods and droughts) by developing and testing - with key insurers and municipalities - the concepts, tools, applications and instruments (business models) necessary for its mainstreaming. Over 25 organizations from around 13 countries took part in the kick-off meetings.

AGWA and SIWI will contribute to the policy & mainstreaming, communications & dissemination, and basins models & financing instruments components of the project over the coming months and years.
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Attend the premier continuing education event for natural resources graduate students and professionals.

Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills through hands-on experience in engaging course work and an off-site field study, preparing you to solve complicated natural resources problems.

Spend a week – or two – on the Oregon State campus with internationally renowned faculty and industry leaders studying natural resources issues. These one-week intensive learning experiences will enhance your leadership skills and prepare you to solve complicated natural resources problems. Tracks can be taken for professional development (noncredit) or graduate credit to be applied to a graduate certificate or a master’s or Ph.D. degree program. Courses take place June 18-23 and June 26-30 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Week one offerings:
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Water Conflict Management and Transformation

Week two offering:
  • Resilient and Robust Resource Management

If you are interested in learning about the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master's Programme, continue reading below.


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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 2

The second installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part two also tells the story of AGWA's creation.
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Ecological Engineering and Climate Risks - Call for Contributions

Paris Agreement, adopted at COP21, embodies the urgent need to adapt our societies to climate change. Among commitments countries have taken, there are ‘nature based solutions’: ecosystems restoration, forestry programs, floodplains recovery, integrated watershed and coastal zone management, etc. These solutions are generally promoted to be ‘no regret’ measures, multifunctional and consume little resources (financial, energy, natural…). Taking action for diversified and resilient ecosystems absorbing several risks related to water and sea level rise (floods, droughts, erosion…) would represent a global approach for natural risks management, thus improving the adaptation capacities of our societies to climate change. This raises a growing interest but also several questions regarding the implementation of these actions.

Water Agencies have a leading role in preserving water resources and biodiversity on its watershed and abroad. Following the adoption of its Strategy on adaptation to climate change promoting ecological engineering, the Water Agency of Seine-Normandy (AESN) organizes an international workshop: “Ecological engineering and climate risks” in September 2017. If you are a project leader in ecological engineering (local authority, farmer, company, NGO...), the workshop organizers want to learn more about your experience.
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OOSKAnews Voices | We'll Always Have Paris (and Marrakech): Implementing a Water and Climate Action Agenda

OOSKAnews Voices is a 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 Coordinator for AGWA, describes the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The article focuses on the role of NDCs and the vital role of Morocco's COP22 in bringing water into the UNFCCC mechanisms.

"In the 1942 film Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart looked deeply into the eyes of Ingrid Bergman before she boarded a plane in World War II Morocco, telling her, 'We’ll always have Paris.'

Bogart and Bergman were not at the Marrakesh UNFCCC CoP22 last November, nor was Humphrey referring to the 2015 Paris Agreement. But since the Moroccan COP, I keep thinking that, for better or worse, the water community will always have Paris..."
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AGWA-U Returning Soon with Three New Courses

AGWA is a network designed to provision tools, partnerships, and technical assistance to improve effective decision making, action, governance, and analytical processes in water resources management, focusing on climate adaptation and climate change relevant scales. As a way of carrying out AGWA's vision, we have begun offering graduate-level courses in sustainable resource management and climate adaptation through an effort known as AGWA-U. The inaugural course took place in June 2016 at Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA). Following the success of the first course, AGWA-U is returning this year through three courses over the next few months -- two at UNESCO-IHE and one at OSU's NRLA.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 1

The first in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. No matter what your level of policy knowledge is, this article is definitely worth your time.
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