The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Jan 2017

NWP Video on SDG 13: Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) has produced a video series on SDG 13, including an installment featuring AGWA member Karin Lexén of SIWI. The Sustainable Development Goal 13, “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, is vital for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals. Sven Harmeling (CARE International), Karin Lexén (SIWI) and Colin McQuistan (Practical Action) discuss why action on climate change is urgently needed, introduce their organizations’ engagement in taking stronger climate action and highlight priority areas of intervention.

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Reflections from COP22: AGWA Featured in OOSKAnews Podcasts

In November, OOSKAnews attended and reported on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22), convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in the city of Marrakesh. OOSKAnews met with a number of "water community" participants and attendees in the context of efforts to promote the water agenda in the global climate discussion. The resulting podcasts include interviews with two of AGWA's own: Karin Lexén of SIWI and AGWA's Coordinator John Matthews.





To view the other OOSKAnews interviews, visit https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2017/01/un-climate-change-conference-water-focus_174177.
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AGWA Updates: January 2017

AGWA has just released the January edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates on upcoming and ongoing projects. 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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Call for Abstracts | European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017

Following a successful turnout in previous years, organizers of EGU2017 are also this year organizing a session titled “Water Resources Management and Policy in a Changing World." Water plays a critical role in sustaining human health, food security, energy production and ecosystem services. Population growth, climate and land use change increasingly threaten water quality and quantity. Successful management of water resources requires an integrative understanding of coupled human and natural system components that can be used to generate practical, scientifically sound, economically-efficient and socially acceptable solutions that are sustainable. This session, which serves as the sister to the annual Water and Society session at the AGU meeting, provides a forum for discussing the advances in water resources systems analysis, planning and management to inform public policy, water resource allocation, conflict resolution, water governance, and sustainable development in a changing world.

Submissions for this session are welcome and can be submitted directly to http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/abstractsubmission/22982. Abstracts are due Wednesday, 11 January.
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Call for Abstracts | 60th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is holding its 60th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research in Detroit, Michigan from 15-19 May 2017. Seventy sessions have been proposed to complement the theme From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems. The call for abstracts is now open, and the submission deadline is this Friday (13 January): http://iaglr.org/iaglr2017/abstracts/call-for-abstracts/.
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Special Feature in "Ecology and Society" on Resilient Flood Risk Governance

The journal Ecology and Society has come out with a special feature on resilient flood risk governance. The publication is a deliverable of the EU project STAR-FLOOD ("Strengthening and redesigning European flood risk practices: towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements"). The STAR-FLOOD project designed policies to better deal with river flood risks in urban areas across Europe from a combined public administration and legal perspective, with the aim to make European regions more resilient to flood risks.

STAR-FLOOD investigated strategies for dealing with flood risks in 18 vulnerable urban regions in six European countries. This special feature of E&J aims to disseminate the project's main research results to an audience of scholars and practitioners with an interest in increasing the resilience of social-ecological systems to catastrophic natural hazards, and flood risks in particular.

The special feature is available here. It includes 16 articles in all.
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Request for Inputs on Draft Synthesis Paper on Health and Adaptation (NWP)

We would like to share with you a draft synthesis paper from the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on health and adaptation based on the information provided in the submissions and discussion held during the 10th Focal Point Forum held in Marrakech on 9th November 2016. They are seeking your inputs on the paper by January 20.

The 10th Focal Point Forum of the NWP focused on the topic of health and adaptation, and was held on 9 November 2016 under an overall guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA in conjunction with SBSTA 45 in Marrakech, Morocco. Country delegates, NWP partner organizations’ representatives and health experts discussed emerging challenges and opportunities in responding to climate impacts on human health. As you know, the forum was informed by the submissions made by Parties and organizations on this topic.
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