The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Asia Water Forum 2018

The Asia Pacific Region continues to develop at a tremendous rate with high economic growth, rapid urbanization, technological advancement, and associated social transformation. Water is fundamental to sustaining Asia’s progress and inclusive prosperity yet is facing serious challenges for its sustainable management and ecient and reliable delivery of services along with climate change and disaster risk concerns. The “Asia Water Forum (AWF) 2018 – Information, Innovation and Technology” will provide a venue and platform to share knowledge and experiences on state of the art advancements to help ensure a water-secure Asia Pacific Region. The AWF will bring together over 300 participants including government ocials from ADB developing member countries (DMCs), water and development professionals, industry and water association representatives, private sector and vendors, and civil society to discuss and demonstrate the latest technologies and innovations, including policy and management reforms, and their applications in the water sector. The goal is to increase the awareness and knowledge of water practitioners and decision makers and identify strategies to adopt and scale-up innovation and technology throughout the region.
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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

As part of the Water Youth Network's role as Global Focal Point for SDG 6 within UN-MGCY, the Network will organise a second webinar on Water-Energy-Food Nexus on June 11th. The webinar will be led by Mr. Bassel Daher. Through this, participants will learn lessons that would result in revisiting and refining our approaches for addressing complex resource hotspots based on case studies, thus enabling us to more effectively work toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Resilient Cities, Robust Water Management: Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Making cities resilient in a time of rapid urbanization is difficult enough, but quickening climate change, how do we manage growth while also creating resilient cities? Urban areas are caught between the struggle to maintain existing services while also expanding basic services for new residents and shifting needs. Climate change exacerbates these issues. Climate impacts are both accelerating and evolving in their expression. Past climate is no longer an effective predictor of emerging conditions, especially for long-lived parts of the landscape such as infrastructure. As a result, increasing uncertainties about future climate and urban growth make the work of planners and decision makers far more challenging to build or upgrade new energy, water supply and treatment, and drought and flood structures, as well as negotiate resource management with other cities and farmers. Are we doomed to a state of ever-heightening crisis?

Beginning about 2009, several teams — the World Bank, Deltares, the Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Ministry, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst — began experimenting with a series of new approaches to deal with high-uncertainty issues such as rapid demographic change and climate change in which risk tolerance was low and quantitative frameworks were necessary. More recently, a global consortium funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Resilience Shift and led by Arup have been working to create an overarching framework that links high-level urban decision makers and technical and operational concerns. In most of these programs, water resources management plays a key role, given the volatility of the water cycle to climate impacts and the cross-sectoral nature of water resources and water threats.

In this webinar, John Matthews, PhD, of AGWA: The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, will discuss these new approaches, the development of a set of next generation tools, and the global application and integration of these tools to urban sustainability.
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Climate Adaptation and Wildfire Detection, Monitoring, and Mitigation

In some areas, fire seasons are getting longer, and droughts are becoming more frequent and severe. This July, NASA ARSET is offering an online training focused on satellite remote sensing tools useful for local fire managers. Participants will learn how to identify active fires, visualize fire emissions, and calculate burn severity.
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A Deeper Blue for Green Bonds: Water Investment Criteria for Nature-based Solutions

Join this webinar to hear about the newly launched water criteria focused on nature-based solutions for green bonds. The criteria have been undergoing staged development by the Climate Bonds Initiative, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA-supported by the Stockholm International Water Institute), Ceres, CDP, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and international experts. The criteria are for potential green bond issuers and investors. They help define and evaluate low carbon and climate resilient water infrastructure projects encompassing two broad components: 1) climate mitigation and 2) climate adaptation/resilience.
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Public Session on the United Nations World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-Based Solutions for Water

Under the auspices of the EU Bulgarian Presidency, the MEP Water Group and the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO are co-organising a public session on the new United Nation World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2018 ‘Nature-Based Solutions for Water’ on the 22nd of May at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The WWDR2018 demonstrates how nature-based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means to address many of the world’s water challenges, while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development. The main policy messages and findings from the report will be presented during the public session, followed by a high-level panel discussion.
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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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