The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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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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Natural Hazards & Nature-based Solutions Platform

A new website has been launched to provide support and resources for those working around nature-based solutions and disaster risk reduction. The Natural Hazards – Nature-based Solutions platform is a hub for projects, investments, guidance and studies making use of nature to reduce the risks associated with natural hazards. Its objective is to host and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned from a range of stakeholders, to provide guidance on the planning and implementation of nature-based solutions, and to champion these solutions in the arenas of policy-making and investment for disaster risk reduction.
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Job Opening: Lead Hydrologist at Deltares

From Deltares:
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Are you looking for a position in an international environment for addressing the hydrological challenges of our customers? We have an interesting vacancy available!

LEAD HYDROLOGIST

The unit Inland Water Systems has over 175 employees, divided into the following six departments: Operational Water Management and Early Warning, Catchment and Urban Hydrology, Flood Risk Management, River Dynamics and Inland Shipping, Fresh Water Ecology and Water Quality and Water and Delta Management.

The Department of Catchment and Urban Hydrology is involved in a wide range of projects. In the Netherlands we work for Rijkswaterstaat and the Water Boards. Internationally, we are active in projects for the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank, e.g. in South East Asia, South-America and Africa. Furthermore, we participate in H2020 projects for the European Union.

We develop new approaches and tools for hydrology at different levels: from the global and river basin scale to the level of districts and roads.

In the interaction with the other units / departments of Deltares we create our added value in projects focussing on integrated water management, forecasting and multi-hazard impact assessment.

The Department currently consists of 25 hydrologists, one third with a PhD. A research and development and a customer-oriented attitude are important to us. The Department is located in Delft, the Netherlands.
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Implementing nature based flood protection: Principles and implementation guidance

Earlier this year Deltares held a workshop entitled "Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction." The goal of the workshop was to explore principles and guidance for planning, design, and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management as an alternative to or complementary to conventional engineering measures.

Following the workshop in April, the World Bank has now published a full report (in English) outlining the principles and implementation steps that will lead to more effective flood risk management. You can access this open-source guidance document for free from the World Bank's website here.
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AGWA and Bottom-Up Methodologies Represented at Chinese Conference

This guest blog was written by Ad Jeuken of Deltares.
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My visit was the result of an invitation from the World Future Council to speak at their Future of Cities forum in Tianjin. This event was a sub-forum of the Eco-City Forum. My presentation at the Forum was complemented by an additional expert meeting to the city of Huangshi, two days later. My message was around quantitative planning methods (like CRIDA) that incorporate climate robustness and flexibility in the planning to account for future uncertainty. The visit was a good occasion to learn more about the Sponge city development in general and in Huangshi in particular. Read More...
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