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AGWA Updates: March 2017

AGWA has just released the February edition of its newsletter -- available here. In this edition we cover the recent Oroville Dam story in California. In these articles you'll see a clear example of climate-infrastructure mismatch that reminds us of the importance of our work.

This issue also contains a great deal of the latest climate and water news. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and many upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Enjoy!
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 3

The final installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part three explores the period from the most recent global climate policy conference to the present day, with speculation about where we may see water and climate policy headed into the future.
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AGWA Updates: February 2017

AGWA has just released the February edition of its newsletter - available here. In this edition we cover the upcoming change in Co-Chairs within AGWA as well as other internal news on upcoming and ongoing projects. This issue contains a great deal of the latest climate and water news. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Enjoy! Read More...
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 2

The second installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part two also tells the story of AGWA's creation.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 1

The first in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. No matter what your level of policy knowledge is, this article is definitely worth your time.
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Reflections from COP22: AGWA Featured in OOSKAnews Podcasts

In November, OOSKAnews attended and reported on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22), convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in the city of Marrakesh. OOSKAnews met with a number of "water community" participants and attendees in the context of efforts to promote the water agenda in the global climate discussion. The resulting podcasts include interviews with two of AGWA's own: Karin Lexén of SIWI and AGWA's Coordinator John Matthews.





To view the other OOSKAnews interviews, visit https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2017/01/un-climate-change-conference-water-focus_174177.
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AGWA Updates: January 2017

AGWA has just released the January edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates on upcoming and ongoing projects. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Enjoy! Read More...
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AGWA Updates: Happy Holidays

AGWA has just released a year-end edition of its newsletter wishing all of our members "Happy Holidays!" You can access the issue at https://app.flashissue.com/newsletters/66a51c2955e2288ea19f25231f3fc4793580191c. We take a look back at all that we have accomplished as a network throughout 2016. Most importantly, we want to thank our members for all of their invaluable contributions.

Best wishes to everyone and Happy New Year as we turn our eyes towards 2017! Read More...
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AGWA Updates: December 2016

AGWA has just released the December edition of its newsletter - available here. Following COP22 in Marrakech, we have included a special focus section on outcomes from the event. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: COP22 Edition

AGWA has just released the COP22 edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue of AGWA Updates will provide you with all the information you need to know related to AGWA, SIWI, and #ClimateIsWater events throughout two-week UNFCCC conference. Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voice | Rain in the Desert - Merging Climate and Water Policies at Morocco’s COP22

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 John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, describes the importance of next month's COP22 conference to water.

"The Paris Agreement — the most significant climate framework since the founding of the UNFCCC — does not mention water at all, but the Paris Agreement may also be the most significant water agreement in human history. How does a policy framework that lacks any mention of water affect water management? The answer shows the gap between the climate policy world and the water world..." Read More...
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AGWA Updates: October 2016

AGWA has just released the October edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: September 2016

AGWA has just released the September edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Read More...
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AGWA Annual Report Now Available

AGWA has just released its Annual Report for September 2015 - August 2016, which also outlines the organization's path forward for next year and beyond. The document is available to view or download here. The report summarizes AGWA’s policy work as well as technical programs and initiatives. It will be drawn upon during the Annual Meeting on Saturday 27 August in Stockholm.

Other areas addressed in the report include: AGWA's vision, history, membership, governance, annual budget, and other programmatic information. Please check it out to stay up to date on AGWA’s recent and ongoing projects and to see where we’re headed. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: World Water Week Edition

AGWA has just released the World Water Week edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue of AGWA Updates will provide you with all the information you need to know related to AGWA events before and throughout the week. It also includes a very important letter to the membership from AGWA's Co-Chairs. Take a look using the link above! Read More...
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AGWA Updates: June 2016

AGWA has just released the June edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and several upcoming events. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Read More...
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World Bank Water Partnership Program Annual Report Now Available

The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP) annual report, “A Waterway to Resilience” highlights the program’s progress and results during Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). This year’s report showcases three focus areas in water: building resilience; helping service providers become more efficient and sustainable; and using integrated approaches to confront complexity. Each WPP-funded activity makes a unique contribution to client countries’ sustainability goals. WPP supports the World Bank Water Global Practice and its approach to Water Writ Large, linking improved water management to water services in order to help client countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals in water and water-dependent sectors.

The annual report features updates from WPP initiatives, including several AGWA-related projects and activities. The full report is available to view or download here. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: May 2016

AGWA has just released the May edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue has a great deal of the latest climate and water news as well as internal updates. You'll find sections on ecosystem and infrastructure trends, adaptive governance and policy, sustainable finance, and even a section on climate change through history. Plus, it highlights funding opportunities and the latest publications. Read More...
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AGWA Featured on NPR | Drought Sabotages Critical Hydroelectric Dams



The following is a copy of the article from "The Takeaway." The original article can be found at http://www.wnyc.org/story/drought-sabotages-critical-hydroelectric-dams/. The interview with AGWA's Secretariat Coordinator begins at the 5-minute mark.

Venezuela's energy crisis is rippling through its economy. Dropping oil prices have cut into state funds, and a drought has critically diminished water levels at the massive Guri Dam, which is home to Venezuela's largest hydroelectric power station.

To cut back on energy demand, the government has imposed a two-day work week for all public sector workers, and schools have also been closed on Fridays.

Hannah Dreier is Venezuela correspondent for The Associated Press and was in Caracas when a new round of protests erupted on Tuesday. She discusses the energy crisis, and the subsequent unrest.

Hydroelectric power has reshaped economies all over the world, but as in Venezuela, many even recently completed dams face genuinely different conditions than their designers anticipated because of climate change.

Low water levels at the Kariba dam on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe are causing blackouts, and the Hoover Dam in the American southwest, which supplies Las Vegas with water, reached a new all-time low in April 2015.

In the face of droughts and changing weather patterns, can these expensive and prestigious projects still be viable? The Takeaway spoke with John Matthews, secretariat coordinator, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, about what a sustainable dam could look like. Read More...
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After Paris, A More Fluid Approach To Climate Change?

On April 22nd leaders from over 175 nations joined together in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. AGWA's Secretariat Coordinator John Matthews joined with Regina Buono of the Baker Institute for Public Policy to write a piece for Forbe's on this historic occasion and what it means going forward.

"The agreement signaled a broad commitment to slow the rate of climate change and to provide support to many of the poor countries facing big climate impacts to their most vulnerable citizens. But what the Paris agreement really indicated is a shift in perspective: from a planet thinking about reducing the rate of climate change (and the regulatory and other risks inherent in managing businesses and economies with the primary objective of halting or slowing carbon emissions) to one looking at adapting to climate change by addressing the risks inherent in climate impacts. And the most important element in this shift—the medium through which change and adaptation can be seen most clearly and quickly—is water."

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AGWA Updates: April 2016

The latest issue of AGWA's monthly newsletter is now available! We cover a number of updates about AGWA's activities and initiatives. This issue is full of the latest water and climate news, as well as a series of infrastructure, policy, & investment articles. You'll also find a listing of recent publications and funding opportunities that you've come to expect in AGWA Updates. Enjoy! Read More...
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Designing for Climate Confidence | AGWA Members Write Chapter in "Water Monographies" Publication

The World Council of Civil Engineers, the United Nations Office in Spain and Aqualogy Foundation signed an agreement to publish a series of monographs under the topics chosen annually to commemorate the "International Year of Water" declared by the UN in the 2013-2015 triennium. At the close of last year they released the latest publication, entitled Water and Sustainable Development. This publication is a collection of pieces by different authors on a variety of issues related to water and sustainable development. You'll find pieces on the importance of the water management in sustainable development, risk assessment for water systems for a sustainable development of the communities, and sustainable initiatives on the water sector.

AGWA members John Matthews, Ad Jeuken, and Guillermo Mendoza wrote a chapter entitled "Designing for Climate Confidence: Moving Beyond Uncertainty in Sustainable Water Management" (click on link to view/download). A Spanish version is also available. Read More...
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Follow-up from White House Water Summit - Includes Video of Event

The US White House hosted a Water Summit as part of the UN's World Water Day. The event was designed to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology.

Two AGWA initiatives were presented as part this event - a new water climate bonds standard, and the climate adaptation mainstreaming process CRIDA. You can find them in the fact sheet Working Together to Build a Sustainable Water Future. The full video of the event can be viewed below.

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AGWA Participating in White House Water Summit

On March 22, 2016, in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day, the Obama Administration will host a White House Water Summit to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology. AGWA has been invited to participate in the event, which will feature panel discussions and invited speakers from the public and private sectors, as well as a fact sheet of commitments made by numerous organizations in the water community and by the Obama Administration.

The event is set to take place from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT. It will be livestreamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live, and we invite you to participate on social media using the hashtag #WHWaterSummit and AGWA's @Alliance4Water. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: March 2016

The latest issue of AGWA's monthly newsletter is now available! We cover a number of updates about AGWA's activities and initiatives. This issue is full of the latest water and climate news, as well as a series of infrastructure, policy, & investment articles. You'll also find a listing of recent publications and funding opportunities that you've come to expect in AGWA Updates. Enjoy! Read More...
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AGWA-U: Supporting Education in Climate Change Adaptation

As a way of carrying out AGWA's vision of mainstreaming effective climate change adaptation practices, we have begun offering graduate level courses in sustainable resource management and climate adaptation. These courses, available beginning April 2016, are being offered on two different campuses -- UNESCO-IHE and Oregon State University. Registration is now open for both. The courses are designed for students in water-related disciplines as well as water professionals seeking to develop their climate adaptation experience.

AGWA is starting with these two initial courses with the goal of expanding into a more standard AGAW-U format that can be used at other universities across the globe. Visit the new "AGWA-U" website to find out more about each course, including details on dates, registration, and content. Read More...
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USAID ACM Series: Connecting Freshwater Knowledge to Climate Practice

On January 21, 2016, USAID's Adaptation Community held a meeting on connecting freshwater to climate practice with Dr. John Mathews from the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. The video of this presentation and ensuing discussion can be found below.

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Most expressions of climate change are water change, and primarily freshwater change. Freshwater changes, including variations in water flows and seasonal precipitation patterns, are a major way that climate change impacts natural ecosystems and economies. Many aspects of climate change adaptation must focus on resilient water management in order to be effective. However, the long lifetimes of water infrastructure such as dams, and the complexity of water stakeholder interests, are just some of the factors that have led to an under-appreciation of the important cross-sectoral role of water management in effective climate change adaptation. This webinar will examine concrete examples of how programming that addresses engineering, financial, and public policy elements of water management can and must lead to shared insights and new paths of action for adaptation to changes in freshwater dynamics resulting from climate change. Read More...
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AGWA Updates: February 2016

The latest issue of AGWA's monthly newsletter is now available! This issue is full of the latest water and climate updates, as well as a series of infrastructure, policy, & investment news. You'll also find a listing of recent publications and funding opportunities that you've come to expect in AGWA Updates. Enjoy! Read More...
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AGWA Updates: January 2016

The latest issue of AGWA's monthly newsletter is now available at https://app.flashissue.com/newsletters/de025829b9db4fd77196a43a1adaa85084bc1120. In this issue you'll find outcomes from COP21, emerging trends in infrastructure, ecosystems, and finance, as well as a great deal of climate change news, funding opportunities (particularly large this month), and some notable new publications. Read More...
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AGWA at COP21 - "Resilience & Water: Towards a New Vision for Sustainability"

As part of the global #ClimateIsWater Initiative and the unofficial “Water Day” at COP21, AGWA organized an event to promote the value and understanding of water considerations within the climate change debate.

During this half-day event, Dr. John Matthews, Secretariat Coordinator for AGWA, gave a presentation on freshwater resilience entitled "Resilience & Water: Towards a New Vision for Sustainability." This video provides insight into the threats, vulnerabilities, and uncertainties facing freshwater and how the global water community can respond resiliently.

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AGWA in NY Times


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AGWA and its newly released Nature Climate Change paper are featured in the NY Times article "Heading Off Negative Impacts of Dam Projects." In this Special Report on Energy for Tomorrow, the article explains how the newly created eco-engineering decision scaling (EEDS) methodology can drastically influence the way that water managers build and operate dams going forward. Using the example of the Mekong River and its tributaries, Ms. Gies outlines the role of this novel methodology as a way of adapting to climate change in rivers worldwide. It features interviews with several AGWA members, including the paper's co-authors, Dr. LeRoy Poff and Dr. Casey Brown.
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New Video - Climate Is Water at COP21

The video team at Arup have created another amazing video for AGWA, this time focusing on the importance of water in climate adaptation. The video is part of the international #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Watch the video below to find out how talking about climate means talking about water!

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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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AGWA Guide and Risk Assessment Websites Now Online

AGWA has released a new resource for water managers interested in learning how to mainstream climate adaptation into their work. The AGWA Guide is now available at http://agwaguide.org. This resource is intended to serve as more of a self-exploration guide to the broader literature while simultaneously providing more detailed descriptions of current thinking and implementation on sustainable water resources management approaches.

For those interested in emerging risk assessment methodologies, please check out AGWA’s other new site on decision scaling and eco-engineering decision scaling (EEDS). On this site (http://agwaguide.org/EEDS) you’ll also find videos, interviews, and information on a new Nature Climate Change paper on EEDS, including a link to the publication. Read More...
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AGWA Annual Report Now Available

AGWA has just released its Annual Report for August 2014 - August 2015, which also outlines the organization's path forward for next year and beyond. The document is available to view or download here. The report summarizes AGWA’s policy work as well as technical programs and initiatives.

Other areas addressed include: AGWA's vision, history, membership, governance, annual budget, comments from members, and other programmatic information. Please check it out to stay up to date on AGWA’s recent and ongoing projects and to see where we’re headed.
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Building Water Security Through Green Infrastructure

Science magazine is publishing a series of six Policy Forum essays on water to coincide with leading annual water conference, World Water Week. The 3-part series of paired essays contrasts perspectives on water governance (local vs global), monitoring water (satellite vs on the ground), and green infrastructure (feasibility for emerging economies). An essay advocating for the wider deployment of green infrastructure was co-authored by John Matthews and others from AGWA. Dr. Margaret Palmer, head of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), served as lead author for the essay. You can see the article online via the Science website or directly download it here. The counterpoint to this essay on green infrastructure is also available to download here. Read More...
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WWF7 AGWA Panel Highlights

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 a few of the panelists as they discuss a variety of climate adaptation issues. Featured panelists are Cees van de Guchte (Deltares), Christine Chan (AGWA), and Will Logan (USACE).

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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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