The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Urban Adaptation in the Baltic Region

While Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other decisions are made at national levels, real decision making often takes place at the local level where issues of implementation are addressed. How can cities remain resilient in the face of climate change and other uncertainties? What are the best ways to assess and deal with risks? We need to increase capacity for water managers and decision makers at regional and local levels when it comes to planning for sustainable development and resiliency in urban environments.

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A new project being co-financed by the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) aims to do just that. The SIWI Swedish Water House, together with Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), is organizing a series of training workshops to connect decision makers and local practitioners (cities and municipalities) engaged in climate change adaptation areas. The aim of the workshops will be to train these parties in a set of risk management approaches known as bottom-up approaches. AGWA and Deltares are collaborating members of this project.
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Shaping the Global Climate Action Agenda for Resilience - What's next after COP23?

COP23 is now finished, but what do the outcomes mean for the global Climate Action Agenda on Resilience? Experts Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre) and Saleemul Huq (IIED) will shed a light! Join this webinar and ask your questions, or learn from others.
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Research-2-Practice Forum on Energy, Water Security and Climate Change in Africa

Linking research and development as a contribution to achieve the goals of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union is a priority for the Pan African University of the African Union. The Research-2-Practice Forum aims to provide a platform for experts/scientists, education leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs, private and public sector, policy makers, civil society actors and institutions interested or active in applied and practice-oriented research for development to discuss state of the art, challenges and innovative solutions in the areas of renewable energy, water and climate security and build strategic partnerships.

In order to promote and support applied and practice-oriented research and strategic partnerships on renewable energy, water and climate security in Africa, the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) with support from the German Government and in cooperation with a consortium of German universities (UNU-EHS, ZEF and ITT) led by UNU-EHS and the University Abou Bekr Belkaid in Tlemcen are jointly organizing the Research-2-Practice Forum.
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9th Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate

The Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, including flood and drought management, in accordance with the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.

The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate aims to discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention as well as to discuss future activities in this framework.
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International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities.
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Water temperature in a changing climate: processes, implications, and managing strategies

The 5° IAHR Europe Congress will bring together the hydraulic community. The congress deals with traditional themes linked to water (hydraulics, hydrology, fluids mechanics and hydraulic constructions) and also with frontiers themes between fluid mechanics/hydraulics an others disciplines, i.e. morphology and eco hydraulics, the ecology of aquatic environments, bio fluids, new strategies of defense against extreme events and the effects of climate changes.

During the congress there will be a special session entitled "Water temperature in a changing climate: processes, implications, and managing strategies." The session is open to contributions on all studies centered on water temperature in freshwater systems including rivers, lakes, reservoirs, lagoons, and tidal systems. The session is intended to foster the connection between engineers, biologists, and ecologists, thus contributions from colleagues from all these disciplines are warmly welcomed.
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Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) sources of 10 major river systems in Asia that provide water, ecosystem services, and livelihoods to more than 210 million people. The region holds and distributes water for more than 1.3 billion people—a fifth of the world’s population—living in downstream river basins.

Climate change and other drivers of change in the HKH have already begun to impact ecosystems and communities and often manifest in communities through an increasing vulnerability and exposure to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and landslides. There is a need to strengthen approaches for building resilience in the mountains, as resilience is required for achieving many of the SDGs, and neglecting mountain resilience will inevitably lead to sustainability challenges in the plains.

To address these issues, and others, ICIMOD jointly with the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment and with support from the European Union, is organizing an international conference entitled, “Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia.”
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Endogenous Technologies and the Natural Capital: Cross-Sectorial Capacities & Adaptation

Endogenous technologies are the first climate technologies, developed through millennia by indigenous communities in response to climate, natural resources and local needs. Historically, they embraced a diverse range of sectors, water management, forestry and agriculture to infrastructure and the built environment.

Since 1970, socio-economic changes have led to the decline of these technologies and it has become apparent that sometimes imported foreign technologies and solutions are not passing the test of time. Growing vulnerability of some regions due to adverse climate change effects, political as well as economic instability means that there is a pressing need to adapt endogenous technologies in developing countries in order to build local resilience. Use of regional materials, labour and adaptation of local »know how« will provide impactful and cost-effective solutions for a long term self-sufficient sustainable development model.

This COP23 side event will take place on 13 November and will be moderated by AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews. Read more about the event below.
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Water Criteria on Nature-based and Hybrid Water Infrastructure: Consultation and Webinars

On behalf of the Water Consortium, the Climate Bonds Initiative has released Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for public consultation.

The Water Criteria are a key component of the science-based Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme - a screening tool for investors, development banks and governments, which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions. A 60-day public consultation period for the Phase 2 Criteria opens on 16 October.

Two webinars about the new Water Criteria have been announced: 25 October and 20 November. Details are below.
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Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition, held in Buenos Aires, 13-16 November, will bring together water science and research with the public and private sectors, financial institutions and policy makers, to drive water cooperation and water solutions that can be applied globally.

With over 2000 participants and a record number of exhibitors attending the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017 in Argentina, this is the Latin American water event of the year. An exciting International Exhibition is a one-stop-shop connecting the right people with the right solutions from more than 150 leading international companies and institutions.
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