The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | A High Probability of Uncertainty: How Do We Plan with Unknowns?

Nobody has data from the future - it hasn’t happened yet. But for centuries we’ve assumed that the past can predict the future. What if it can’t anymore? Will engineers and planners become consumed by inaction and climate uncertainty?

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a new five-step water resources planning framework that helps address deep uncertainties associated with climatic, demographic and land-use change. CRIDA tackles the hardest part of climate adaptation: those times we need a hard number as engineers and economists, especially in parts of the world where may not have access to much data.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we are joined by three of the lead authors behind the recently-released publication. Drs. Guillermo Mendoza, Ad Jeuken, and John Matthews each lend their perspectives on how an engineer, a climate scientist, and an ecologist (respectively) came together to create a new vision of resilience in water management planning and decision making.

The CRIDA publication and additional resources are available at agwaguide.org/CRIDA. The guidebook is a co-publication of UNESCO IHP and the Integrated Center for International Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), a UNESCO center in the United States.
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CRIDA Teaser Video and Download Link

How do we make better informed decisions for water management given future uncertainty? How can we mainstream robust, flexible approaches? And how can we institutionalize these methods into consistent, replicable outcomes?

CRIDA -- Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis -- provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners and managers to implement resilient water management globally, with a strong ecological element.

Just published by UNESCO and written through a partnership with Deltares, the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), the Rijkswaterstaat, The World Bank, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), and many others, including strong support from Colorado State Water Center, The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. CRIDA has already been applied in more than a dozen projects, across five continents.

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CRIDA Publication Now Available | Open Access Guide to Water Resources Management in the Face of Uncertainty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Global Launch of New Water Resources Planning Framework for Addressing Climate Change and Other “Deep” Uncertainties

PARIS: 23/10/2018: 14:00 CEST

At this very moment immense changes are happening at all scales, from global to local. Climatic, economic, demographic, and land-use shifts are fundamentally altering the ways in which we interact with and manage the planet’s resources — freshwater being chief among them. The stressors on water resources management will continue to increase as population and urban areas grow, and they pose a real risk to economic, social, and environmental security in many parts of the world.

In practice, much of our management of water occurs through the medium of long-lived infrastructure. That infrastructure can easily endure for a century or more — even outlasting the financing and governance mechanisms that created it. Decisions made today about their design, allocation, governance, and operations may have impacts decades away.

For well over a decade, water managers, decision makers, investors, and scientists have been looking for better ways to address risks. The challenge has been to build upon existing decision making processes in order to work with, rather than against uncertainty.

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis, or CRIDA, is a new “bottom-up” stepwise methodology designed for engineering-oriented water decision makers interested in incorporating resilience into planning and operational decisions with stakeholders. The CRIDA methodology begins with the early stages of project planning when stakeholders are engaged and vulnerabilities and future water demands are assessed. The goal is to mainstream robust and flexible approaches to water management by institutionalizing these methods into consistent, replicable, and accessible outcomes — especially in data-poor regions.
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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | New Approaches to Managing Risk: Climate Adaptation in Zambia

You can now listen to the latest episode of the ClimateReady Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, or AGWA's Knowledge Platform. The latest episode focuses on the application of a new bottom-up adaptation approach known as Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis, or CRIDA, to increase resilience to drought for a water treatment facility in Zambia. The main interview comes from Marc Tkach of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Marc discusses the need for adaptation as a means of ensuring MCC's goals of enabling growth to reduce poverty. You'll learn more about the new CRIDA approach as well as the Decision Scaling and Adaptation Pathways methodologies for robust and flexible water management planning.

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Follow-Up from "Tools for Urban Climate Adaptation" Workshop in Turku, Finland

This guest blog was written by Pilar Meseguer, iWater Project Coordinator in the City of Turku.
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On 29 November 2017 we had a training workshop on urban climate change adaptation (CA) in Turku, Finland. As iWater project coordinator in the city of Turku, I am already working on stormwater management and CA issues, so I immediately thought that the training could help me a lot. We are already experiencing climate change effects in the region of Turku. Winters seem to be warmer and shorter, with less snow and more rain events.

The training workshop surpassed my expectations. It was very interesting, all the way from the presentation of the Finnish National Adaptation Plan by Saara Lilja-Rothsten from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to the case of Pori presented by Matti Lankiniemi, special supervisor of the city of Pori.

When planning the development of new areas in the city we do not know how to take into account the uncertainties of the future related to climate change. We need more information about methodologies that can help us develop resilient and flexible adaptive measures. That is why the most useful part for me was the new methodology CRIDA introduced by John Matthews from Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and Ad Jeuken from the Research Institute Deltares. I plan to use CRIDA within the iWater project. I am now trying to include the methodology in the Integrated Stormwater Management (ISWM) system that we are developing in iWater.

Unfortunately we are dealing with complex situations which need complex approaches and methodologies that exceed the knowledge of specialists in the city of Turku. It is still difficult to say whether there should be more training on those issues for municipal officers or if we should use external expert help. Probably the combination of both is the optimal solution.
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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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