The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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AGWA Included in BMZ's Water Strategy

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has released its new Water Strategy. The document outlines BMZ's key contributions to implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. Notably, BMZ voices its support for AGWA as an international network "in the field of water scarcity and water in the context of climate adaptation" (p20).
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New Tool for Virtual Experimentation with Aquatic Ecosystems

A new QGIS-based tool (WET: Water Ecosystems Tool) has just been released. WET enables model application and virtual experimentation with aquatic ecosystems. The tool wraps around a coupled GOTM-FABM-PCLake model core, which describes a wide range of physical (1D), chemical and biological processes. WET aims to ease the adaptation of models to individual lakes and drinking water reservoirs, and the tool may be used for research, teaching and management purposes. The concept behind WET has recently been published in Environmental Modelling and Software by Nielsen et al. (open access pdf available here). WET is open source, and will continue to be developed on the basis of ongoing and potential future projects. The website wet.au.dk has just been launched, which provides additional information and download instructions.
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Services and Opportunities with Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) is a US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded enterprise providing programs and services that support the advancement of water science across the United States and internationally. The CUAHSI board of directors would like to invite you to learn more about CUAHSI services and opportunities in the hydrologic sciences by signing up to receive (1) the monthly e-mail newsletter from CUAHSI, and/or (2) occasional announcements (1-2 per week on average) of specific opportunities with upcoming deadlines.

Newsletter and occasional announcements cover data publication and discovery through CUAHSI's Water Data Center, cyberseminars, training courses and Pathfinder Fellowships for graduate students, community hydrologic modeling initiatives, conferences such as the Biennial Symposium and this year's Conference on Hydroinformatics, and other opportunities and events.

You can sign up to either or both mailing lists here.
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One Month Left for World Water Week Early Bird Pricing

You only have one month left to register for World Water Week at a special Early Bird discount. Register by June 30th to take advantage of this reduced rate.

Join the global discussion on critical water issues with experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities. This year's theme is "Water and waste: reduce and reuse."
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Nominations for the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize are now being accepted

Do you know an outstanding woman, man or organization who has made significant contributions to the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources? Since 1991, Stockholm Water Prize has recognized individuals and organizations from various fields and continents for their important work.

You can now submit your nomination for the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize! Remember that anyone can submit a nomination, and it only takes a few minutes to do so.
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World Water Challenge 2017: First Announcement and Call for Problem Proposals

The organizing committee of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) is pleased to announce that the World Water Challenge 2017 (WWCH 2017) will take place as one of the signature program of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) to be held on 20-23 September 2017 at HICO in Gyeongju city, Republic of Korea.

The World Water Challenge (WWCH) is an international contest and award for individuals and organizations towards solving the global water problems. Since its first launch during the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, it has been aiming to discover imminent water challenges that world is facing and find feasible solutions to them.

The organizing committee cordially invites you to participate in this meaningful event and challenge to be a final winner with an outstanding solution to contribute to solving the water problems arising from all over the world.
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Stockholm Water Prize to be Announced on World Water Day (March 22)

On World Water Day (March 22) SIWI will be announcing this year's recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize. 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.

The announcement will be broadcast live on Facebook and shared on social media channels. To view the live broadcast, you are encouraged to follow SIWI on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SIWImedia) and to use #StockholmWaterPrize. The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. CET.

To receive the official press release immediately following the announcement, sign up for SIWI's mailing list. For more information about the Stockholm Water Prize please visit: http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/.
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AGWA and SIWI Join EU Horizon 2020 Project on Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD)

Earlier this month, AGWA and SIWI participated in a series of kick-off meetings in Valladolid, Spain for a new three-year EU project called Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD). The project is coordinated by the Duero River Basin Authority and funded under the European Horizon 2020 Program. The goal of the project is to operationalize the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of risks associated with water (floods and droughts) by developing and testing - with key insurers and municipalities - the concepts, tools, applications and instruments (business models) necessary for its mainstreaming. Over 25 organizations from around 13 countries took part in the kick-off meetings.

AGWA and SIWI will contribute to the policy & mainstreaming, communications & dissemination, and basins models & financing instruments components of the project over the coming months and years.
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Attend the premier continuing education event for natural resources graduate students and professionals.

Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills through hands-on experience in engaging course work and an off-site field study, preparing you to solve complicated natural resources problems.

Spend a week – or two – on the Oregon State campus with internationally renowned faculty and industry leaders studying natural resources issues. These one-week intensive learning experiences will enhance your leadership skills and prepare you to solve complicated natural resources problems. Tracks can be taken for professional development (noncredit) or graduate credit to be applied to a graduate certificate or a master’s or Ph.D. degree program. Courses take place June 18-23 and June 26-30 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Week one offerings:
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Water Conflict Management and Transformation

Week two offering:
  • Resilient and Robust Resource Management

If you are interested in learning about the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master's Programme, continue reading below.


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Free Online Course | Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research is offering a unique free online course on the Impacts of Climate Change and its Impacts in Latin America taught by 21 Latin American scientists to empower resource managers, decision makers, stakeholders, scientists to cope with climate and global changes. The course aims to provide users with a good understanding of current climate change science as well as analytical abilities in the following areas: impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, impact of environmental global changes, international mechanisms to cope with impacts on biodiversity and the economics of climate change

The course will be launched at COP-22. The course promotes Sustainable Development Goals #4, #13 and #17. Read More...
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#ClimateIsWater at COP22

The #ClimateIsWater Initiative has some updates leading up to COP22. The online presence of #ClimateIsWater is currently undergoing a transformation. A new webpage is being developed at climateiswater.org, so make sure to check back soon to view the updated site.

As for COP22, #ClimateIsWater and the many organizations that take part will have a large presence. They are putting together a calendar of water events at COP22. If you would like to have your event listed, you can contact the initiative.

Please also note that six agoras will be available along the main corridor of the Civil Society Zone. Each agora can accommodate up to 50 people, for one-hour and thirty minutes debates (a slot of 90 minutes each). If you are interested in cooperating with CIW members to hold an event in one of these agoras, contact Solene at FWP who previously made a proposal. Read More...
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Guest Blog | US-Spain Water Initiative Seeking Partners in Water Protection, Management, and Governance

This guest blog was written by Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari and Luke Wilson of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC).

The Center for Water Security and Cooperation is announcing the establishment of the United States–Spain Water Initiative (the “Initiative”) with the support of the Spanish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and the Environment and U.S. Federal agencies. And we are looking for you - state agencies, river basin commissions, nonprofit organizations, international organizations, trade associations, commercial entities, utilities, universities and interested parties - to become Partners and lead the conversation in water protection, management and governance.

The Initiative drives collaboration and action on water by bringing together an international multi-stakeholder network of members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss and address challenges. The objectives of the Initiative are to:
  • stimulate conversation and innovate approaches to water protection, management and governance,
  • bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to generate more comprehensive, holistic approaches,
  • provide a sustainable platform for peer-to-peer and interdisciplinary exchanges and knowledge, information and data sharing related to the achievement of water security,
  • complement and enrich ongoing research and innovation,
  • prepare and publish independent guidance reports aiding stakeholders in achieving water security.
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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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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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