The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Can You Engage with the Talanoa Dialogue? Stepping Up Climate Action in 2018

The first effort to assess collective action to achieve the Paris Agreement has officially begun with the opening of a new online portal for the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue. You are invited to a webinar discussion focused on engagement strategies for non-state actors in the Talanoa Dialogue process.

Water Governance Principles Webinar

Next week the IWRA and OECD will host a joint webinar on the OECD Water Governance Principles. These were designed to provide time and scale specific directions for governments to address present and future water concerns. The Water Governance Principles allow governments and the broader range of stakeholders to draft and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies. This webinar will explore places and ways that these principles contribute to robust water governance.

Climate Bonds Initiative Annual Conference 2018

International market actors, leaders, and policymakers gather to discuss and debate how to scale the global green bond market from billions to trillions. Climate Bonds 2018 Annual Conference in March is the centrepiece of a green finance week in London.

From the China Green Bonds Investor Forum to the first 2018 meeting of the European Green Securities Steering Committee, green bond market growth is ‘the’ agenda. Plenaries and Parallel Sessions, the 2018 Green Bond Pioneer Awards and the Roundtables are where the big debates and discussions will take place on moving from billions to trillions and reaching the $1trillion milestone by the end of 2020.

4th General Assembly of the World Youth Parliament for Water

The International Secretariat for Water and the World Youth Parliament for Water invite all young people active in the water sector to apply to join them in Brasilia this March. The theme of the Parliament is Water and Peace. The World Youth Parliament for Water will be held concurrently with the 8th World Water Forum from March 16-23, 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Applications are open only until February 5. Don't miss your chance for a life-changing experience!