The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

OOSKAnews COP24 Coverage | Climate and Water at COP24: Will We Catch the Current or Be Trapped in the Eddies?

In this article for OOSKAnews, AGWA's coordinator reflects on this month's 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the evolving recognition and presence of "water" as a voice in the UNFCCC. Though water is becoming more prevalent in climate discussions, there are still mounting challenges to address. Adaptation finance and a number of underlying risks in investment frameworks need additional consideration if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to effectively transition into action.

Read the full article at https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2018/12/climate-and-water-cop24-will-we-catch-current-or-be-trapped-eddies_177435
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New Policy Briefs to Support COP24 Dialogue

AGWA's Policy Group continues to push for greater integration of resilient water management approaches within the global climate change agenda. Together with SIWI, the Policy Group has prepared several position papers and policy briefs covering a wide range of topics in advance of COP24. Access them below.
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Global Water Forum Article on DRR, Climate Change, and Water

A group of AGWA members has written an article published by Global Water Forum entitled "Mastering disaster in a changing climate: Reducing disaster risk through resilient water management." This article was written to help facilitate constructive dialogue at COP24 around the importance of water in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions. They argue that resilient water resources management serves as the connector between the climate change and DRR communities. The article supports an update of policy, practice, and financing norms in order to better address and adapt to risks facing communities and ecosystems.

Read the full article at http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2018/12/02/mastering-disaster-in-a-changing-climate-reducing-disaster-risk-through-resilient-water-management/. Read More...
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AGWA’s Policy Team: The Year Ahead

The AGWA policy agenda for 2018 is quickly filling up. Based on the successes of the previous few years in global policy, we are making some significant but subtle shifts in our work for this year.

Especially for the UNFCCC, we have done a lot of awareness raising — seeking water partners willing to stand with us to tell stories of the linkages between water and climate change, as well as partnerships within the UNFCCC and national signatories. This work has been critical as well as dramatically successful. We clearly need to keep pursuing this path, but by itself awareness raising is no longer sufficient.

Beginning in late 2017, we began pivoting to describe more specific recommendations for how the UNFCCC can receive “plumbing”: which institutions, issues, and processes within the UNFCCC need resilient water knowledge, and how do we move towards building support and then implementing these recommendations? In many ways, this also means that we need to move outside of the comfort zone of other water-centered organizations.

For instance, urban resilience, disaster risk reduction (DRR), forestry and agriculture, energy and nature-based solutions are all growing areas of emphasis in global policy. How do we ensure that water knowledge is effectively represented in these areas? We must continue to cultivate a greater network of partners outside the traditional water community and we are pursuing ways to work more strategically, whether by participating in more major non-water meetings, such as the upcoming Adaptation Futures conference in Cape Town, or by partnering with organizations like the Red Cross or a broad set of the finance community to scale-up the impact of our work. 

This expanded focus also means that we need the full network to be involved to represent AGWA and to jointly articulate these issues and forge the necessary partnerships. Please volunteer and collaborate!
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