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NWP Video on SDG 13: Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) has produced a video series on SDG 13, including an installment featuring AGWA member Karin Lexén of SIWI. The Sustainable Development Goal 13, “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, is vital for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals. Sven Harmeling (CARE International), Karin Lexén (SIWI) and Colin McQuistan (Practical Action) discuss why action on climate change is urgently needed, introduce their organizations’ engagement in taking stronger climate action and highlight priority areas of intervention.

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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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High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy


A new World Bank reports finds that water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could hinder economic growth, spur migration, and spark conflict. However, most countries can neutralize the adverse impacts of water scarcity by taking action to allocate and use water resources more efficiently.

Water and climate change are inextricably linked. In fact, water is the primary vehicle through which climate change's effects will be felt. Findings from a new World Bank report explore the possible outcomes of a business-as-usual approach to water management versus a more progressive approach to water management policy. As they say in the video above, "We can't control how much rain falls, but we can control how water gets used and move towards a world of resilience in the face of a changing climate."

Read the original article from the World Bank or download the full report by clicking here. This story is also covered by the Wilson Center's "New Security Beat" blog here. Read More...
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WWF Climate Crowd: Crowdsourcing human responses to climate change

What do climate change, wildlife, rural communities around the world, and collaborations between WWF and organizations like the Peace Corps have in common? WWF Climate Crowd!

Far removed from decision-making bodies and financial resources, rural communities are often left to their own devices to cope and adapt to changes in weather and climate. Indigenous, local and traditional knowledge systems could be a very useful tool for adapting to climate change, but these have not been used consistently in existing efforts. Additionally, most research has focused on the direct impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but largely neglected how human responses to climate change are impacting biodiversity.

WWF Climate Crowd is a new initiative to crowdsource information on how these communities are responding and how their responses impact biodiversity. We are collaborating with other organizations to collect this data, find and implement ways to better help communities adapt, and alter our conservation strategies in light of the information we gather.

To find out more on this new initiative, tune in to an upcoming webinar: Wednesday, May 11 at 10am EST
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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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What's AGWA's Graduate Course All About? | AGWA-U

Still unsure if you are interested in AGWA's upcoming graduate level professional development course? Oregon State University's NRLA has come up with a great video overview for the class. It's definitely worth two minutes of your time to take a look!



Fore more on AGWA-U, including the course at UNESCO-IHE, visit http://agwaguide.org/agwau/.
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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.

Make sure to check out climateiswater.org for more episodes to come!

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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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#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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Cresting Research: May 2015 Selected AGWA Reading

Finding “now” in “then”: Using the past to inform our knowledge of the future

Why do we find a particular species (or group of species) in a particular place? How do manage that species (or set of species) if where we find them will change with climate shifts? The first AGWA research spotlight focuses on how our understanding of ecological communities is itself shifting over time.
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