The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

OOSKAnews Voices | The Long View On Long-Term Climate Impacts: Building Cathedrals Of Resilience

The columns in OOSKAnews Voices provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. This article from AGWA's Coordinator proposes that cities are the landscape where most climate adaptation occurs, and that water is at the heart of these plans of action. Dr. Matthews takes the long view on resilience, comparing the lengthy but necessary courses of actions taken by cities to improve resilience to the historic processes of cathedral building. Both are "messy affairs, achieving perfection and persistence through adaptive management, patience, and clear vision." Specific attention is given to two parallel initiatives taking place in and around Mexico City to increase resilience.

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"Listening to speakers, I wondered if CDMX is effectively building a new cathedral — this one to water and climate change..."
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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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inDepth Water Perspectives

Arup has recently released the inDepth Water Yearbook, a Guide to the Global Water Industry. In coordination with this publication, they are now presenting inDepth Water Perspectives - thought pieces from renowned global water industry experts. Each contributor has been asked to consider ‘The Future of Water’ in the context of critical global water risks focussing on their own region of the world and specific business imperatives.

The collection of ‘perspectives’ from around the world include issues relating to water scarcity, changing sea levels, water usage in the food & drink industry, in transport, technology water solutions, integrated water management, the cost of water – to name but a few. AGWA members have contributed several articles to this initiative and their pieces can be found on this page. Read More...
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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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