The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Climate Adaptation

Special Issue of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management on "Climate Change and Biodiversity Assets"

The journal "International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management" is coming out with a special issue on climate change and biodiversity assets. They are currently seeking submissions for original articles on this thematic subject. The special issue is set to be published in spring 2018.

The goal of this special issue is to collect new studies on Climate Change and Environmental Assets Challenging Topics and Relevance in the International Arena (Global, Regional, National) together with The connections between Biology and Ecology of Global Change and Economic, Social and Environmental impacts (Adaptability of SES systems to Climate Change) to identify areas where more knowledge is needed and to recommend possible policy-related actions that could be pursued. The objective is to publish original, high-quality articles that deepen the theoretical and practical understanding on this thematic subject. You can read more about the call for papers on their site or by clicking below.
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Request for Inputs on Draft Synthesis Paper on Health and Adaptation (NWP)

We would like to share with you a draft synthesis paper from the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on health and adaptation based on the information provided in the submissions and discussion held during the 10th Focal Point Forum held in Marrakech on 9th November 2016. They are seeking your inputs on the paper by January 20.

The 10th Focal Point Forum of the NWP focused on the topic of health and adaptation, and was held on 9 November 2016 under an overall guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA in conjunction with SBSTA 45 in Marrakech, Morocco. Country delegates, NWP partner organizations’ representatives and health experts discussed emerging challenges and opportunities in responding to climate impacts on human health. As you know, the forum was informed by the submissions made by Parties and organizations on this topic.
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New Video Series from AGWA-U | Intro to Climate Adaptation and Rare

AGWA has developed graduate level professional development courses in sustainable resource management and climate adaptation. This program, known as "AGWA-U," held its inaugural course this past June at Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy.

A series of videos were developed by an AGWA-U student, Alan Hesse of Rare, as a way to illustrate some of the basic principles surrounding climate adaptation. They are great for a crash-course on climate adaptation terminology, actors, policies, and issues. Here's a list of the episodes:

  • Video 1: Overview of Climate Adaptation
  • Video 2: Dealing with Uncertainty
  • Video 3: Rare in Colombia
All three are available to watch below, or by visiting https://vimeo.com/channels/agwau.
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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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Call for Contributions | Initiatives Using Local, Indigenous And Traditional Knowledge and Practices for Adaptation

The Nairobi work programme team at the UNFCCC secretariat invites you to contribute to the secretariat’s data compilation effort on the use of local, indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation.

At its forty-first session, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) requested the secretariat under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, in collaboration with the Adaptation Committee and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group, and with contributions from relevant Nairobi work programme partner organizations, to make publicly available a compilation of good practices and tools and available data collection initiatives for the use of local, indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, for consideration at SBSTA 44.

In light of this call for contributions on the part of Nairobi work programme partner organizations, we welcome all information you would like to share with the secretariat regarding good practices, tools and data collection initiatives referring to the use of local, indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation. If possible it is requested that information be submitted both in English and in Spanish or French so as to allow for broader outreach and dissemination of knowledge. Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voices | The Lost Climate Generation and the Adaptation Skeptics

OOSKAnews Voices is a new 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, takes a look at the philosophical gap between an older generation of professionals skeptical of new approaches related to climate adaptation and a younger generation unsure of how to address what they consider to be one of the most pressing issues of their time.

"The adaptation skeptics may in fact be crippling the lost generation, creating bigger hurdles for those of interested in sustaining water resources over many decades and centuries..." Read More...
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US-Netherlands Connection’s Professional Program (USNC Pro)

Florida Earth Foundation invites you to a professional program focusing on water infrastructure, governance and adaptation. During this five day program, participants will visit the world’s most advanced water infrastructure and management sites and connect with the engineers, administrators and operators responsible. The Dutch have been working on water challenges for more than 1,000 years, and Recently the focus has shifted to climate adaptation and resilience. Explore this shifting mindset, network with other professionals interested in water, and foster solutions that can be brought back and applied.

Each year Florida Earth takes a group of professionals in the water field or interested in learning more about water governance, policy and management techniques. The group visits the Maeslant Barrier, the largest moving structure in the world; Kinderdijk, famous for its windmills; Futureland, the land-creation project; and numerous ancient cities filled with incredible architecture. 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.

Overview of Webinar
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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INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Seeking Reviewers for New Publication on Climate Adaptation in China



The INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group is currently seeking reviewers for their new publication on climate adaptation in China. They have released this seven-minute video, which premiered at COP21, to illustrate how China has been working to understand and respond to climatic risk. If you enjoyed the video and are interested in reviewing the publication, please read below. Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voices: Warming Climate, Rising Waters at the Paris COP: Green Bonds, #ClimateIsWater, and Marrakesh

OOSKAnews Voices is a new 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 the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) reflects on his experiences at the recently concluded COP21 talks in Paris. Read More...
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The Pivotal Role of Water in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

IISD Reporting Services has come out with a great video produced by Tasha Goldberg and filmed/edited by Nemo Allen. The video, entitled "The Pivotal Role of Water in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation," was created as an output of COP21 in Paris.

On Monday, 7 December 2015, UN Water hosted a panel discussion on the Pivotal role of water in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The event brought together representatives from national and local government with private sector, to discuss the impacts of climate change on water. Panelists underscored that mitigation and adaptation actions may not be mutually exclusive, identifying the need for collaboration and increased investment and further expressed hope for the Paris outcomes.

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Survey on Integrating Gender Considerations into Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture is currently undertaking a study to better understand the ways in which institutions are integrating gender-sensitive approaches to climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector in Latin America. The survey, implemented together with IFPRI and CCAFS, is part of the European Commission funded project IICA-EUROCLIMA, "Sustainable agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change in Latin America", which seeks to strengthen capacity to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation into regional and national public policy. Read More...
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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.

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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"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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#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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The AGWA Reader: Moving Beyond No-Regrets Climate Adaptation

Building on Beyond Downscaling, AGWA is preparing a guidance document for technical decision makers interested in a self-taught course in climate adaptation and robust water management. Over the past few months the secretariat have been developing an AGWA Reader. This document is a collection of text, interviews, videos, and technical readings illustrating the AGWA approach to long-term sustainable water management. Once published it will be freely available for the benefit of practitioners, investors, decision makers, and resource managers in the water community. Read More...
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