The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

May 2015

Pacific Island Nations: Challenges and Lessons Learned

At the Seventh World Water Forum in South Korea, AGWA coordinated a thematic session on "Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation into Water Management, Planning, and Policy." It was co-convened by UNESCO-IHP. This video highlights Dr. Christine Chan of AGWA as she speaks during the panel discussion. In her talk she addresses some of the lessons learned from her experiences in Pacific Island Nations. Dr. Chan outlines some of the challenges facing local populations as climate change affects their lands and offers her thoughts on ways to enhance resilience in these areas.
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#ClimateIsWater - Climate Adaptation in Paris

In the fifth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris. This episode features Deputy Mayor Blauel discussing the risk of floods and the future of water security in the city of Paris. She discusses the Paris adaptation plan and the role of the upcoming COP 21 in Paris. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel (vimeo.com/channels/918234) for future installments.
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#ClimateIsWater - Indonesian Coastal Communities Affected by Climate Change

In the fourth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Daniel Murdiyarso, Principle Scientist for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Dr. Murdiyarso addresses how climate change has especially affected vulnerable coastal communities in Indonesia via sea level rise and loss of productivity. He also explores the relationship between coastal areas and the inland hydrological cycle and explains the role of the IPCC guideline for wetlands and coastal wetlands. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel for future installments and previous episodes.


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Tell Us Your #ClimateIsWater Story!

This year — 2015 — promises the most the important for climate change policy since 2010 and the Copenhagen conference. There are many differences between this year and then, but one of the biggest is that the level of seriousness is much higher and more intense. The stakes are also higher, as we set new standards and create new institutions. That's why it's important that we tell policy and decision makers why climate change is water change, and why we need to combine these efforts. This post is a call to have you engage on the issue by telling your story to the world. So far, we have had stories from the US, Pakistan, and France, and later this week we will hear from Indonesia. If you reach out to us and give us 15 minutes of your time by Skype, we will interview you as well. Alternatively, click on this entry so you can conduct your own #ClimateIsWater interviews to tell the story of those around you. All you need is a smart phone, three questions, a well-spoken friend, and a way to send the interview to us.
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"The Economics of Climate and Water" Video Series

In May 2014 Kathleen Dominique of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was interviewed at length by the Secretariat Coordinator of AGWA, John Matthews. During this discussion, the two of them examined the role of economics in climate adaptation. Here are a couple of the installments. To view more of these brief videos in the series, click "Read More" below.


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#ClimateIsWater - Climate Change, Flooding, and Infrastructure in Pakistan

In the third installment of the #ClimateIsWater series is Usman Mirza, the Associate Coordinator of the Water Programme for LEAD Pakistan. Dr. Mirza addresses how climate change has affected Pakistan through flooding and other forms. He offers some solutions such as engaging the population and making changes to infrastructure. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel for future installments.
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#ClimateIsWater - André Flajolet

In the second installment of the #ClimateIsWater series is André Flajolet, the Mayor of Saint-Venant, France and President of the Basin Committee Artois Picardie. Mayor Flajolet addresses how climate change has affected his community and the benefits of taking preventative actions. Make sure to check out this first episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel for future installments.
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Cresting Research: May 2015 Selected AGWA Reading

Finding “now” in “then”: Using the past to inform our knowledge of the future

Why do we find a particular species (or group of species) in a particular place? How do manage that species (or set of species) if where we find them will change with climate shifts? The first AGWA research spotlight focuses on how our understanding of ecological communities is itself shifting over time.
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