The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

OOSKAnews Voices | An Accidental Survey: The State of Climate Adaptation Today

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, AGWA's Coordinator John H. Matthews focuses on the politics of adaptation decisions as well as the regional nature of climate adaptation policy and practice. It draws upon Dr. Matthews' recent experience leading a series of regional UFCCC adaptation workshops for national focal points.

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"Despite the youth of adaptation as a practice and a relatively narrow window for the launch of national adaptation programs, much differentiation had probably emerged. The CGE was providing me with an excellent opportunity to test my hypothesis — to see a natural experiment in variations in policy and practice."
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Corporate Water Stewardship and the Case for Green Infrastructure

Private sector investment in green infrastructure can reduce water-related risks and provide multiple co-benefits while helping companies achieve water-stewardship goals. ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The next few decades of global water infrastructure investment will be transformative, and the choices that both public and private sector actors make now may determine if the global water crisis that looms in today’s headlines will have been a harbinger of things to come or a turning point. This report from Conservation International makes the case for private sector investment in green infrastructure as part of a broader water stewardship approach that benefits companies, stakeholders in watersheds where those companies operate and source their materials, and the global community committed to sustainable development.
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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | “C” is for Climate Change: Lessons About Climate Change Education

For most students, climate change is a topic they’ve heard about — maybe a topic they really care about. While nearly every discipline is affected in some way by climate change, the subject is often relegated to the natural sciences. How can we make sure that the next generation of professionals — and global citizens — can think critically about impacts and adaptation?

In this episode of ClimateReady, we bring in someone who quite literally wrote the book on that. Dr. Rob Wilby is a professor of hydroclimatic modeling at Loughborough University in the UK, and author of Climate Change in Practice: Topics for Discussion with Group Exercises. Rob tells us about the best ways to engage with students, even the most skeptical ones, in order to get them interested in the subject while providing them with the critical thinking and transdisciplinary skills they’ll need well after graduation. We also cover the role of continued education and the need for training outside of classroom settings.

Following the main interview we have another “Postcard from the Future.” This time we’ll hear from our very own ClimateReady co-host, Ingrid Timboe, in order to get a better understanding of the gaps in university training around water.
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The 2018 New Climate Economy report

The 2018 report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is now available online to view or download. The New Climate Economy finds that bold action on climate could deliver US$26 trillion in economic benefits to 2030 (cumulative) compared with business-as-usual. It highlights the momentum already underway, the urgent need for acceleration, and the key actions that would achieve this acceleration – in 5 key economic systems including water.
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From World Water Week: City Water Resilience Framework & Resilient Water Governance

AGWA is part of an ongoing effort to help make cities more prepared for and resilient to shocks and stresses to their water systems. The City Water Resilience Framework is a project developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. Leaders from the project gathered together at World Water Week last month to discuss early observations, reflect on the importance of governance, and lay out the potential role of the Framework in helping cities prioritize actions and investments to become more resilient.
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Nominations for Stockholm Water Prize 2019

It is already time to start submitting nominations for the next Stockholm Water Prize. Our colleagues at SIWI are seeking nominees that have made great contributions to the water community. The nomination period is open until 30 September.

From SIWI:
"The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible. Submit your nomination! Anyone can submit and it only takes a few minutes to do so."

Find more details about the nominating process and eligibility requirements at http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/nominate/.
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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | "Adapting funding to fund adaptation: Tales from Manila"

How can we know if a climate adaptation project will be effective and useful? Unlike mitigation and meeting emission reduction targets, adaptation measures are often open to interpretation. Yet institutions funding these efforts are expected to use standard evaluation criteria to distinguish between options and maximize impact and return on investment.

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we talk with a global expert from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) who also happens to have a background with the UNFCCC -- giving her policy, operational, and investment insights. Xianfu Lu is the ADB’s focal point for climate change adaptation and she schools us about how finance institutions are influencing adaptation projects, as well as how investment is shaped by climate and development policies. We also learn about the perception of climate change in Asia in contrast to other regions.

Following the main interview, we have a “Postcard from the Future” featuring Kathryn Pharr, a researcher at the University of Oxford, who brings us a message from a popular environmental superhero of the 1990s.
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AGWA Updates: September 2018

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the September issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. Plus, as always it is full of the latest news on the intersection of climate and water from the fields of climate change adaptation, climate finance, policy, and much more. Stay updated! Stay informed!

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