The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

October 2015

Guest Blog | Water Management and Decision-Making: PART TWO

Competing Needs and the Decision-Making Process:
A Travel Blog on Water Management in the Western US - PART TWO
by Steve Moncaster


Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is travelling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Anglian Water, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, or AGWA.


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I am now past the halfway point of my journey throughout the U.S. In my travels I have done my best to find out more about the competing needs for water, the roles and desires of stakeholders, and the multiple facets of the decision-making process surrounding sustainable water management. My trip has taken me far and wide, and I have met with experts and stakeholders from all walks of life. Below is a glimpse into the most recent part of this journey. Read More...
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Guest Blog | Wetlands: The Hidden Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation



Wetlands: The Hidden Resource for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
by Chris Perceval (left), Head of Strategy and Partnerships at the Ramsar Convention, and Rob Cadmus (right), Manager, Investing in Natural Infrastructure at the Ramsar Convention

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Ramsar Convention and its Contracting Parties commit to work towards the wise use of all the wetlands and water resources in their territory, through national plans, policies and legislation, management actions and public education. In this article the authors discuss the importance and hidden value of wetlands as a resource in both climate mitigation and adaptation.

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Wetlands – areas of land that meet water – are among the most productive and valuable ecosystems. They are fundamentally important for supporting sustainable development and combatting climate change. Between now and the end of the year, the world’s governments will meet to discuss the global agendas for both sustainable development and climate change. They would do well to remember the contribution that these critical ecosystems can make. Read More...
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#ClimateIsWater - Green Infrastructure & Investing in Sustainability

In the ninth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Todd Gartner, Senior Associate and Manager of the Natural Infrastructure for Water Project at World Resources Institute (wri.org/our-work/project/natural-infrastructure-water). This episode focuses on the potential of green infrastructure to serve as a solution to some of climate change's impacts. Todd also discusses how we can better manage our water resources and think about infrastructure investments in the face of an uncertain future and a new climate reality.

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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Guest Blog | Water Management and Decision-Making

Water Management in the Western US – Competing Needs and the Decision-Making Process
by Steve Moncaster

Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is travelling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.

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The purpose of my visit is to meet with water resource professionals in the western states to discuss current and emerging issues related to the management, conservation and use of water resources. My aim is to learn how the competing needs for water are being managed and how different stakeholders are coming together to develop reliable, affordable and sustainable systems of water supply. From the lessons I learn, I hope to improve the way that strategic water resource planning is undertaken in the UK. This includes increasing stakeholder participation in the key decision-making processes and enhancing the quality and robustness of the resulting strategies and plans. Read More...
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#ClimateIsWater - Riverine ecosystems and freshwater fish

In the eighth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Rafaela Schinegger, Freshwater Ecologist and Senior Scientist at the University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna. This episode focuses on how climate change affects river hydrology and freshwater fish. Rafaela discusses some of the urgent actions needed to address the issues facing mountain rivers, fish species, and entire ecosystems.

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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Joint Proposal on Water Resilience – adaptation and mitigation to climate change

At the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Sustainable Development Goals were signed off by 193 countries and formally adopted. This is great news for the climate adaptation community. In addition, the French, Swedish and Peruvian governments presented the countries’ joint proposal, which concerns the central nature of climate and water issues to sustainable development, at a high-level seminar in New York. Read More...
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