The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Drought early warning and assessment, experiences from Africa, February 28th.
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Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress, held under the ICLEI Africa’s Urban Leadership for African Sustainability (ULAS) programme, is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and sub-national governments across the Continent. The platform offers opportunity for engagement and strategic discussions around current on the ground solutions and emerging trends relating to Africa’s vulnerability to climate change in urban areas. LoCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities.
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Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues

The South African National Committee of the International Association of Hydrological Scientists (SANCIAHS) invites you to participate in the 2017 IAHS Scientific Assembly to be held from July 10-14 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The theme of the meeting is "Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues” which is particularly appropriate in the context of an IAHS Scientific Assembly meeting being held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa and is well aligned with the IAHS Panta Rhei.

Submission of abstracts for the various symposia and workshops is now open via the Copernicus online system through 6 March 2017.
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Workshop on Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being used for flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation, especially in developing countries where they are most needed. Examples are the use of mangroves for wave reduction and erosion control and the use of urban green spaces for retention of storm waters. If properly implemented, NBS can aid in reducing flood risk while also providing additional benefits for people, the economy, and nature conservation. However, effective implementation is challenging, as it requires integration of different disciplines and the active involvement of government and communities. In addition, proper metrics for success and adequate monitoring methods are yet to be defined. Since NBS are currently not tested to the same standards as traditional grey infrastructure, trade-offs in terms of engineering and economics are still hard to make.

The World Bank, Deltares, UNDP, and Ecoshape will be hosting a two-day workshop on scaling up NBS flood risk reduction. The meeting will focus on producing guidelines for the effective implementation of green and hybrid solutions to reduce flood risk in urban, riverine, and coastal settings.
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Online Information Session for Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) brings together professionals and graduate students from across the world to establish connections, enhance leadership skills and learn from experts on timely, relevant topics in today's changing world. This two-week session will feature a course that is part of our AGWA-U initiative. Anyone who would like to find out more about the NRLA, the classes offered, the instructors, or registration details should attend the upcoming information session.
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Blue Carbon Ecosystems – what’s included, what’s not and why

With increasing recognition of the role natural systems have in climate mitigation, where should management initiatives focus? While forest have historically had the spotlight of such efforts, coastal wetland ecosystems are now considered important and effective long-term carbon sinks. This attention to “blue carbon” habitats has sparked interest in including other marine systems, such as coral reefs, phytoplankton, kelp forests, and marine fauna.

In this webinar, authors of a recently published paper – Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation (Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Feb. 2017) – analyze the scientific evidence and potential management role of several coastal and marine ecosystems to determine which should be prioritized within current climate mitigation strategies and policies. Findings can assist decision-makers and conservation practitioners to understand where management actions can have additional carbon benefits.
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Launch of “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions”

The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, with the support of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) will launch \ the “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions.” Launched in December 2015, RegionsAdapt is the first global initiative to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation.

Reporting data annually through the risks and adaptation section of CDP´s states and regions platform represents one of the three commitments RegionsAdapt members agree to when joining the initiative. Thus, the “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report” is the first to reflect on the level of ambition shown by regional governments in their adaptation strategies. Join this webinar to discover general trends about the risks from climate change and to learn how much our members are engaged on climate action.
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AGWA Policy Group's First Meeting of 2017

The AGWA Policy Group, led by SIWI, will be holding its first meeting of 2017 in early February. The Policy Group has grown a great deal over the past year but they are always seeking new supporters, partners, and colleagues. This meeting will focus on plans for the upcoming year as well as a recap of recent policy advances and events related to the AGWA network. If you are interested in joining the call or finding out more about the group, contact the Policy Group or Sofia Widforss at SIWI. Read More...

Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) Disaster Preparedness Training

Up-to-date and accessible information is essential to providing an effective, coordinated response to disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tropical storms. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) provides near real-time data, alerts, and impact assessments that can be accessed online. ARSET is offering a webinar on the GDACS system this February. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations in the public and private sectors involved in disaster management. In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use GDACS to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events. Read More...

2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference and Green Bond Awards

Green bonds have become an investment phenomena, with USD 81 billion issued in 2016 — double what we saw in 2015. This week France is in the market with its inaugural — and huge — green sovereign bond, having already kicked started a race for sovereigns with its statement of intent mid-last year (Poland just beat them to issuance). Last year it was China that powered growth, going from a standing start to being the largest green bond market by year’s end. Green bonds have now been issued everywhere from Mexico to Latvia to the Philippines.

But it’s not enough. To make a real difference to the environmental challenges we face, we will need to see a trillion dollar a year market by 2020. Will we get there? What’s the role of government? What to expect for 2017?

On 6 March, Climate Bonds Initiative will be holding the 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference in London — and the 2017 Green Bond Pioneer Awards that evening. ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and the City of London’s Green Finance Committee will be CBI's partners in hosting this event.
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