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#ClimateIsWater - Climate Change Impacting Impoverished and Vulnerable Communities



In the thirteenth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is José Gesti, Water and Sanitation Specialist for UNICEF. Mr. Gesti talks about the effects of climate change on some of the most impoverished and vulnerable communities around the globe. Climate change can harm food security through floods or droughts, increase the spread of diseases, and decrease the amount of fresh water available for drinking. Mr. Gesti outlines some of the actions that UNICEF is taking around the globe as examples supporting the implementation of climate resilient Water Safety Plans. He also discusses how the new Sustainable Development Goals are a way for the global community to address Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) issues head on.

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#ClimateIsWater - Glacial Retreat from Climate Change and Effects on Energy Production

In the twelth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Laurent Bellet, Energy and Water Advisor for the Sustainable Development Division of Electricité de France (EDF). Mr. Bellet talks about the changes in La Mer de Glace glacier in France due to climate change and how they have affected power generation in the area. These issues are an illustration of the challenges in designing infrastructure in light of changing climate and shifting water resources. He also outlines some of the approaches to sustainable water management being done by EDF in Europe.

This video is the latest in the #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking climateiswater.org for future installments and news from the campaign.

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#ClimateIsWater - PARA-Agua Project in Colombia and Peru

In the eleventh episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Sergio Claure, Chief of Party for the PARA-Agua Project - an initiative funded by USAID and implemented by Aecom International Development. In this episode Dr. Claure explains some of the work that PARA-Agua is doing in Peru and Colombia to combat climate change and assist water managers in the numerous river basins. He also provides some great suggestions on how the global community can respond to climate change through building capacity, raising awareness, and supporting the scaling up of pilot projects. Lastly, he explains an intriguing concept used by PARA-Agua called "twinning" that allows communities to build off of each other's strengths and experiences.



Since these projects take place in Colombia and Peru, we made another video in Spanish to provide better access to those who it influences the most. This shorter episode further dives into the work of the PARA-Agua Project, but features Ms. Cristina Portocarrero Lau, Deputy Chief of Party – Technical.



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#ClimateIsWater - Murray-Darling Basin in Australia

In the tenth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Jamie Pittock, Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University. In this episode Dr. Pittock explains the issues facing the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia and outlines some of the solutions that the Australian government has implemented to address these challenges, such as nationalized water accounting and managing groundwater and surface water in conjunction.

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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.

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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.

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#ClimateIsWater - UNDP Climate Change Project in Lebanon

In the seventh episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Yara Daou, Project Research Assistant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Climate Change Projects. This episode highlights some of the work being done by the UNDP Climate Change team at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment (http://climatechange.moe.gov.lb/home) through their pilot project "Rainwater Harvesting from Greenhouse Tops". The project has both climate adaptation and mitigation components in addition to socioeconomic benefits for local farmers. Funding for the project was made available by the Lebanon Recovery Fund. To find out more about this project, visit http://climatechange.moe.gov.lb/newsrwgh.

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#ClimateIsWater - Value of Coastal Watersheds, Living Shorelines, and Blue Carbon

In the sixth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator for Restore America's Estuaries (www.estuaries.org). This episode features Ms. Simpson discussing the value of coastal watersheds, living shorelines, and "blue carbon" in climate adaptation and mitigation. She also spends time discussing some of the problems facing coastal wetlands such as ocean acidification, habitat loss, and carbon emissions due to wetland degradation. 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 - 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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#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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#ClimateIsWater - Episode 1

AGWA has created a new video series called #ClimateIsWater. Each video in the series will feature a prominent figure in water resources management and/or climate adaptation. The videos will highlight the relevance of the connections between adaptation and water. Read More...
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