The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Ensuring Adaptation: Nature-Based Solutions to Reducing Risk

Infrastructure or ecosystems? Nature or economic development? Historically, those have been the tensions expressed about investing how we innovate, grow economies, reduce the impact of disasters, and alleviate poverty relative to preserving natural systems and ecological integrity.

Climate adaptation has shifted the terms of this long-standing debate. Traditional gray infrastructure is harder to design and maintain to be resilient. Nature-based solutions (NbS) work better in some situations, such as when we need more flexibility or face higher levels of uncertainty. Is a middle ground appearing?

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we bring in Dr. Elena Lopez Gunn to discuss her leadership to study, demonstrate, and ultimately quantify the insurance value of nature through a project she is leading known as NAIAD. This EU-funded project aims to expand the evidence base around NbS for reducing flood and drought risk while creating the business and financial frameworks necessary for operationalizing these approaches.

After our main interview Al Meghji, an MPA candidate at Cornell University, sends us a “Postcard from the Future” for a glimpse into the world of 2070 and some advice on how we can focus our efforts now to create a more equitable and livable society in the future. Stick around until the end for next year’s winning lotto numbers!
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Special Feature in "Ecology and Society" on Resilient Flood Risk Governance

The journal Ecology and Society has come out with a special feature on resilient flood risk governance. The publication is a deliverable of the EU project STAR-FLOOD ("Strengthening and redesigning European flood risk practices: towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements"). The STAR-FLOOD project designed policies to better deal with river flood risks in urban areas across Europe from a combined public administration and legal perspective, with the aim to make European regions more resilient to flood risks.

STAR-FLOOD investigated strategies for dealing with flood risks in 18 vulnerable urban regions in six European countries. This special feature of E&J aims to disseminate the project's main research results to an audience of scholars and practitioners with an interest in increasing the resilience of social-ecological systems to catastrophic natural hazards, and flood risks in particular.

The special feature is available here. It includes 16 articles in all.
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#ClimateIsWater - Riverine ecosystems and freshwater fish

In the eighth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Rafaela Schinegger, Freshwater Ecologist and Senior Scientist at the University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna. This episode focuses on how climate change affects river hydrology and freshwater fish. Rafaela discusses some of the urgent actions needed to address the issues facing mountain rivers, fish species, and entire ecosystems.

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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