The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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.
Read More...

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.
Read More...

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.
Read More...

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.
Read More...

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.
Read More...

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!
Read More...

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment.

The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Read More...

Improving Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change Through Conflict Resolution: Lessons from Ethiopia

In recent decades, arid and semi-arid rangelands in the Horn of Africa have experienced the effects of two related threats: 1) increasingly frequent and severe droughts amplified by climate change, and 2) outbreaks of conflict among pastoralist groups whose access to natural resources has been squeezed by population growth, land development, administrative boundaries, rangeland degradation, and erratic and extreme weather. Development practitioners are giving increasing attention to the idea that collaborative community activities, focused on building key institutional relationships, may contribute to conflict prevention, and that lower levels of conflict can provide the opportunity to enhance the scope and quality of climate adaptation.

The January 18th Adaptation Community Meeting will feature Jeffrey Stark, a conflict and climate change specialist, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of addressing the climate-conflict nexus in programming. Mr. Stark will specifically speak to lessons learned from a recent assessment he conducted of the USAID-funded Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience (PCCSR) pilot project. This project, which ran from 2014 to 2017, endeavored to reverse patterns of pastoral conflict over natural resources in several districts in southern Ethiopia.
Read More...

2018 AWRA Summer Conference: The Science, Management, and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will hold its 2018 summer conference from 9-11 July in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. This year's topic is The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The program will stimulate conversations on innovative approaches for identifying transboundary groundwater resources and the methods to develop sustainable governance and management agreements.

Abstracts are now being accepted through 28 February on any and all topics dealing with, or related to The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The term 'transboundary' is not limited to 'transnational', but refers to situations when groundwater crosses or underlies two or more political jurisdictions, international or not, so that it must be managed as a transboundary resource. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are sought and no papers are not required - just the abstract, which is submitted online. Read More...

A Matter of Survival: Learning to Cooperate Over Water

Meeting our global water challenges is no ordinary task: it is a matter of survival. As global climate patterns shift, access to clean water will become more challenging; water will grow scarcer in some places, while others will suffer from too much. The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, convened by a coalition of 15 countries, has developed a set of recommendations designed to prevent water-related conflicts and to enable water management be an instrument of peace, not war.

On January 16, you are invited to a discussion with President Danilo Türk, Chair of the Panel on Water and Peace and former President of Slovenia, who will be joined by leaders from the U.S. and around the world to share their insights on water and peace, and bring into focus the new U.S. Global Water Strategy. This high-level, half-day event will provide an opportunity for U.S. water sector leaders to spur actionable partnerships and innovative, integrated solutions to the global water challenge.
Read More...