The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

EU Green Week 2018: Green cities for a greener future

The next edition of EU Green Week will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.

EU Green Week 2018 will include events across Europe, a high level conference in Brussels from 22-24 May 2018, and opening and closing events (21 and 25 May) to take place in the Member States. These high-level opening and closing events will have a particular prominence, setting the tone for the week's debates, and showcasing political conclusions at the end.
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Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Development Results

Nature provides ecological services such as clean air and water, biodiversity, and food. It can also help people adapt to weather and climate impacts -- an idea known as "ecosystem-based adaptation" (EbA). Around the world, governments, development agencies, civil society, and local communities are increasingly adopting a range of conservation and natural resource management strategies that build up human resilience to climate hazards. Drawing on these experiences, USAID is completing a suite of resources on ecosystem-based adaptation that feature evidence summaries and case studies for applying these approaches to achieve development goals across sectors like agriculture, water, and disaster risk reduction. This session will highlight key messages from these resources as well as examples of EbA projects and approaches in the USAID context, while encouraging dialogue among participants about the use of EbA in their own work.
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Climate Change and Adaptive Water Management: Innovative Solutions from the Global South

This webinar builds on the special issue of Water International on "Climate change and adaptive water management: innovative solutions from the global South", produced in close collaboration with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). It will present several projects supported by IDRC on water and climate change adaptation in developing countries. Recognising future water concerns, many IDRC projects aim to measure, build, and understand the resilience and adaptation of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods in climate change hot spots in Asia and Africa: semi-arid regions, deltas, and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.
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Green Talks LIVE - Financing water: Investing in sustainable growth

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a historic scaling up of investment in water. The benefits from strategic investment in water security could exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually by delivering valuable water services and reducing risks of flood and drought. To date, a strong economic case for water-related investment has failed to translate into a compelling financing case at scale globally.

What policies and financing approaches can help to unlock investment and mobilise additional sources of capital? How to ensure that financing flows to investments that contribute most to water security and sustainable growth?

Join Haje Schütte of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, Xavier Leflaive and Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate, and Ms. Esther Delbourg, Head of Responsible Insurance at AXA, to discuss the challenges of financing water, innovative solutions and ways forward to accelerate action. The presentation will draw on emerging messages from The Roundtable on Financing Water.
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Nature for Water | World Water Day Webinar

World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22nd. It is a day to focus attention on the key importance of our planet’s freshwater resources and to push for greater recognition of their sustainable management. IWRA's "Nature for Water" webinar explores nature-based solutions for current water issues. From droughts to floods and personal water insecurity to region-wide water security tensions, this year’s World Water Day theme is a call to understand and explore the role of nature in addressing and solving our water issues.
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Finance options and instruments for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Experiences with global and national funds

The BMUB-IKI funded global project Mainstreaming EbA, implemented by GIZ invites you to join the upcoming webinar "Finance options and instruments for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Experiences with global and national funds." This session is part of a series of webinar organized by GIZ for the international EbA Community of Practice.
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Two major Symposia on Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America: addressing water issues

The International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) is a world leader in education, communication and training on matters related to climate change. ICCIP is organising two major Symposia on Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America, to be held in February 2019, and to which the Calls for Papers are now open. These are:
  • 13-15 February 2019: World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism, Bariloche, Argentina
  • 20-21 February 2019: Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America, Lima, Peru
The events cater for a wider debate on the links between climate change and water issues. The Symposia also offer an opportunity for researchers working on climate change to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives which aim at providing a better understanding of how climate issues influence various sectors. Read More...

Addressing Gaps in Climate Services for Agriculture: The AgMetGaps Project

When a farmer makes decisions about what to plant, when to plant and how to care for her crop, her observations regarding weather and climate from the past year are not necessarily a good indication of what is likely happen this year. Climate services such as seasonal climate forecasts connected to crop simulation models or other types of decision support approaches (e.g. participatory roundtables) adapted to the farmer’s specific context have the potential to facilitate decision-making in communities confronting increasing climate variability and climate change.

While climate services have the potential to support agricultural decision-making, their effectiveness and suitability can vary substantially from one site to another. Given limited resources and a multitude of potential investment priorities, it is extremely important to approach investment in climate services in a systematic way that is both demand driven and has high potential for success.

Join the next Adaptation Community Meeting to hear from USAID adaptation advisor Kevin Coffey and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) senior scientist Steven Prager on USAID's investments and strategies for climate services, specifically the work of the AgMetGaps project.
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Communities to Landscapes: Multi-scale Approach to Climate Adaptation in Nepal

Many communities in Nepal rely on forests and subsistence agriculture for food and income, and ecosystems for water supplies and protection from disasters. That dependence is threatened by increasing climate variability and longer-term change. Already, farming and water supplies are affected in many areas, and more extreme rainfall events are exacerbating flood and landslide risk.

The USAID/Nepal-funded Hariyo Ban (Green Forests) Program is using an integrated approach to address the multi-faceted challenges climate change poses to livelihoods and biodiversity. The February 15th Adaptation Community Meeting will feature Judy Oglethorpe, former Chief of Party for Hariyo Ban, who will share the importance of working at multiple scales (from community to landscapes) as well as within various political and ecological spheres to achieve positive adaptation outcomes.
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Launch of NCCWSC 2018 Fish and Game Webinar Series

In 2018, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is focusing their webinar series on science related to fish and game issues with presentations from NCCWSC and each regional Climate Science Center. Our first presentation, “Foraging Decisions and Populations Dynamics: Ungulates under a Warmer Climate”, will take place on Thursday, February 22.
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