The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

July 2016

Now Available for Public Comment: Fourth National Climate Assessment Draft Outline

The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking public comments on the proposed content and scope of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). NCA4 will be a product of the USGCRP, organized and led by an interagency team. Refer to the current Federal Register Notice for additional information, including the proposed NCA4 outline. To submit input, visit USGCRP’s Contribute page; comments will be accepted through Friday, 29 July 2016. Comments received may be summarized on a non-attribution basis and posted at a later date. Read More...
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Morocco strives to maintain political support for water within the climate change agenda

Morocco strives to maintain political support for water within the climate change agenda
This article was written by AGWA Policy Group members Maggie White (French Water Partnership, Coalition Eau, Eau Vive) and Louise Whiting (WaterAid)
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Just six months after the signing of the Paris Agreement, Morocco and France have kept the promise made at COP21 to highlight water’s critical role when it comes to addressing climate change – including both the reduction of carbon emissions and adapting our societies to the climatic impacts that are now inevitable.

The key role that water plays in both adaptation and mitigation was acknowledged by the majority of countries that signed the Paris Agreement, as evidenced through the content of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). In fact, 83 percent of the NDCs that have been submitted highlight the importance of adaptation – especially in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Pacific-Asia – and 93 percent of the adaptation content refers to water as fundamental to effective adaptation programmes (1). It is beyond question that water is central to the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.

It was therefore essential that just before COP22, the COP Presidency chose to support, promote and lead an event on addressing climate change in Africa specifically from a water perspective.

The International Conference on Water and Climate: water security for climatic justice (2) was co-organised on the 11-12th of July by the Government of Morocco, the Government of France, the World Water Council and with the support of the French Water Partnership. The event fell under the high patronage of his majesty the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and was fully supported by the head of the Moroccan government. With over 600 participants in attendance, and more than 20 African ministerial delegations, the conference was a huge success in terms of building the much-needed political awareness of the role of water in the battle against climate change.

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Online Courses in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste Resources

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be implemented taking into account their interconnected nature. In order to do so, a Nexus Approach to the integrated management of environmental resources offers tools and methods to highlight synergies and minimise trade-offs. For these tools and methods to be applied, Nexus capacity needs to be developed. In this regard, we would like to call your attention to the following capacity building opportunities for decision makers, practitioners and others interested in the sustainable and integrated management of environmental resources.

The United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resource (UNU-FLORES) is currently accepting applications for a number of online courses, including Rethinking Infrastructure Design for Multi-Use Water Services. Read More...
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OECD launches a Global Coalition for Good Water Governance

The following is a guest blog written by Aziza Akhmouch (OECD):

Achieving climate change and sustainable development goals is a shared responsibility across local, regional and national governments but also public, private and non-profit stakeholders. With economic, demographic and urbanisation trends, climate change places additional pressure on water resources and forces governments to do better with less when designing and implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies. This requires robust public policies, targeting measurable objectives in pre-determined time-schedules at the appropriate scale, relying on a clear assignment of duties across responsible authorities and subject to regular monitoring and evaluation. Since their adoption in June 2015, the OECD Principles on Water Governance have been endorsed by 140+ signatories, including several non-OECD countries and above 100 stakeholder groups involved in the OECD Water Governance Initiative. The OECD is currently expanding the base of signatories with a view to create a Global Coalition for Good Water Governance. Whether you represent an international, national, basin or local stakeholder, you are invited to endorse the OECD Principles by 24 August 2016 to join such a Coalition. This will give you opportunities to showcase your success stories, learn from international experience, access the best practice database and voice your views on water governance indicators under development. For more information, please contact aziza.akhmouch@oecd.org Read More...
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From Climate Bonds Initiative - Launch of Hydropower Technical Working Group: Developing new criteria for green investment

Below is an excerpt from CBI's Press Release on their new Hydro TWG:

The Climate Bonds Initiative has launched a Hydropower Technical Working Group (TWG) to assess and develop Criteria for climate-friendly investment in the sector.

The aim is to develop Criteria that can identify and monitor hydropower investments which deliver climate mitigation benefits and/or incorporate adaptation and resilience impacts, whilst screening out those that don’t meet these objectives.

The Criteria are intended to provide a screening tool for both investors and issuers to determine whether bonds linked to hydropower assets can be considered consistent with limiting warming to a global average of 2°C. They will provide a potential path for certifying green bonds in the sector, under the Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme.

The TWG will be taking a robust science-based approach, one that looks at verifiable targets and metrics and takes into account in its analysis and assessment processes the environmental and social challenges that face some hydro developments.

Continue reading the full article at http://www.climatebonds.net/2016/07/launch-hydropower-technical-working-group-developing-new-criteria-green-investment-science Read More...
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