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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OOSKAnews Voices | The Long View On Long-Term Climate Impacts: Building Cathedrals Of Resilience

The columns in OOSKAnews Voices provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. This article from AGWA's Coordinator proposes that cities are the landscape where most climate adaptation occurs, and that water is at the heart of these plans of action. Dr. Matthews takes the long view on resilience, comparing the lengthy but necessary courses of actions taken by cities to improve resilience to the historic processes of cathedral building. Both are "messy affairs, achieving perfection and persistence through adaptive management, patience, and clear vision." Specific attention is given to two parallel initiatives taking place in and around Mexico City to increase resilience.

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"Listening to speakers, I wondered if CDMX is effectively building a new cathedral — this one to water and climate change..."
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OOSKAnews Voices | An Accidental Survey: The State of Climate Adaptation Today

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece, AGWA's Coordinator John H. Matthews focuses on the politics of adaptation decisions as well as the regional nature of climate adaptation policy and practice. It draws upon Dr. Matthews' recent experience leading a series of regional UFCCC adaptation workshops for national focal points.

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"Despite the youth of adaptation as a practice and a relatively narrow window for the launch of national adaptation programs, much differentiation had probably emerged. The CGE was providing me with an excellent opportunity to test my hypothesis — to see a natural experiment in variations in policy and practice."
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Water is "The Connector" in the Climate Change Challenge

OOSKAnews recently conducted a video interview with AGWA's Coordinator, John Matthews, as a follow-up to an OOSKAnews Voices column by Dr. Matthews on COP23. This video interview explores these matters further, with focus on the past and future roadmaps for increasing recognition of the importance of adaptation in global climate considerations, and the place of water as a "connector" across climate change discourse.

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OOSKAnews Interviews on Climate-Water Intersect

OOSKAnews has conducted a series of video interviews exploring the intersects between planetary climate change and the world’s water challenges. The videos feature various professionals from the water and climate communities, providing scientific and policy perspectives on a number of issues. This interview series is produced in association with the World Water Council and the #ClimateIsWater alliance (of which AGWA is a part). Below you'll find some of the recent episodes.
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OOSKAnews Voices | We'll Always Have Paris (and Marrakech): Implementing a Water and Climate Action Agenda

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and Coordinator for AGWA, describes the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The article focuses on the role of NDCs and the vital role of Morocco's COP22 in bringing water into the UNFCCC mechanisms.

"In the 1942 film Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart looked deeply into the eyes of Ingrid Bergman before she boarded a plane in World War II Morocco, telling her, 'We’ll always have Paris.'

Bogart and Bergman were not at the Marrakesh UNFCCC CoP22 last November, nor was Humphrey referring to the 2015 Paris Agreement. But since the Moroccan COP, I keep thinking that, for better or worse, the water community will always have Paris..."
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Reflections from COP22: AGWA Featured in OOSKAnews Podcasts

In November, OOSKAnews attended and reported on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22), convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in the city of Marrakesh. OOSKAnews met with a number of "water community" participants and attendees in the context of efforts to promote the water agenda in the global climate discussion. The resulting podcasts include interviews with two of AGWA's own: Karin Lexén of SIWI and AGWA's Coordinator John Matthews.





To view the other OOSKAnews interviews, visit https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2017/01/un-climate-change-conference-water-focus_174177.
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OOSKAnews Voices | The Lost Climate Generation and the Adaptation Skeptics

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, takes a look at the philosophical gap between an older generation of professionals skeptical of new approaches related to climate adaptation and a younger generation unsure of how to address what they consider to be one of the most pressing issues of their time.

"The adaptation skeptics may in fact be crippling the lost generation, creating bigger hurdles for those of interested in sustaining water resources over many decades and centuries..." Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voices | Feeling the Power of Climate Change: What Is Green Hydropower in a Shifting Climate?

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, takes a look at the controversy over how "green" hydrolectric power really is.

"Perhaps more than any other water-related topic, hydropower represents some of the most extreme risks and opportunities associated with climate change policy and practice..." Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voices: Fighting the Language of Resilience: Godzilla vs The Blob

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, discusses the challenges in clearly defining "resilience" as it relates to climate change.

Much of the work of addressing climate impacts from water threats is difficult to communicate. It is no easy feat to come up with a clear and consistent definition for "resilience," even though it is one of the more often-used terms in the field. In this article resilience takes on some interesting forms - Godzilla vs The Blob. Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voices: Warming Climate, Rising Waters at the Paris COP: Green Bonds, #ClimateIsWater, and Marrakesh

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages.

In this piece, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) reflects on his experiences at the recently concluded COP21 talks in Paris. Read More...
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