The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Keeping the Baby in the Bathwater: Integrating Climate Resilience in Existing Water Planning, Design and Operations

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will host a free webinar on the new CRIDA methodology for resilient water management planning and decision making under uncertainty. The lead authors, including AGWA's Coordinator, will guide participants through CRIDA and its potential applications, while also exploring complementary methods for mainstreaming resilience into water management.

Water infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems are both exposed to potentially significant but uncertain climate impacts given their long lifetimes, but most climate risk frameworks remain separate from how we actually make water decisions. A global coalition has assembled a new approach to understanding climate risk that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) integrates analytical and stakeholder approaches to assess impacts and risks within a quantitative framework. Decision makers can negotiate performance tradeoffs between ecological, infrastructure, and social resilience. CRIDA emphasizes a shared vision between stakeholders and decision makers to define robust, flexible solutions. CRIDA has been applied in a dozen countries for a wide range of issues. Here, the presenters will discuss the emergence of methodologies such as CRIDA for water managers, planners, investors, and decision makers, and how they can enable us to integrate and mainstream resilient perspectives into existing work streams.
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Climate Bonds Conference & 4th Green Bond Pioneer Awards

Registration is now open for the biggest green bond event of 2019, focused on green investments, green markets and financing green infrastructure. Join 1,000 participants from over 60 nations setting the direction of climate finance for the next decade, network with peers at the Green Bond Pioneer Awards, help us reach green trillions in the 2020s.
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CRIDA Publication Launch Event

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis, or CRIDA, is a newly published methodology for addressing deep uncertainties within water resources management planning and decision making. The CRIDA guidance manual was launched in late October 2018 as a co-publication between UNESCO and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), a UNESCO center in the USA.

Deltares, AGWA, the Netherlands Environment and Infrastructure Ministry, the World Bank, and many others have led the development of CRIDA over the years. CRIDA has been implemented in more than a dozen countries, from small scale water utility projects to national water management policy and transboundary flood control issues.

During this event hosted by Millennium Challenge Corporation, participants will hear from CRIDA's authors as well as institutions and individuals with experience implementing CRIDA through real world case studies.
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Moving Climate Services Forward: A Systems Perspective

Governments, companies and individuals rely on accurate, timely, and accessible climate and weather information to make well-informed decisions and become more resilient to the changing climate. Climate services operations differ among countries and regions, reflecting diverse social, economic, and legal contexts, and national priorities. There are, however, common components of the climate services system that create the opportunity to share lessons and identify common principles that can be tailored to local, national, and regional circumstances.

The World Bank, the USAID-funded Learning Agenda on Climate Services, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are collaborating to identify these commonalities and create a forum for sharing information to help move climate services forward. To learn more about emerging best practices and the latest research, join expert CIS practitioners at a November 27 learning workshop, Moving Climate Services Forward: a Systems Perspective.
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Can climate services serve African farmers’ needs, at scale? Evidence, good practice, and remaining gaps

Access to relevant climate services for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa has increased substantially over the years, yet uptake and integration in decision making remains highly variable. Many crop farmers, but fewer livestock farmers and pastoralists, with access to climate services act on the information. While estimates of the economic benefits of agricultural climate services are generally positive, uncertainty remains due largely to methodological challenges and evidence gaps between available services and what we know about farmers’ needs.

As climate service practice matures, achieving scale will require overcoming some persistent weaknesses in their design and implementation, and capturing and communicating the benefits of improved climate services for reducing agricultural risk.

At the November Adaptation Community Meeting, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) will present on the state of evidence about the uptake, use and impact of climate services for farming in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on lessons learned from the USAID-supported Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) project, with illustrations from the Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, as well as other USAID-supported agricultural climate services activities in Africa. The presentation will examine how growing evidence provides insights about good practice for agricultural climate services.
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The Global Resilience Summit

Florida Earth Foundation will host The Global Resilience Summit at the world-famous Breakers Hotel and Resort in Palm Beach beginning Tuesday, December 11 through Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Summit will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders, especially in the private and academic sectors, to share ways in which collaboration and partnership can be fostered around resilience themes. Global challenges in resilience are mounting at an alarming rate and no one entity or organization has the ability to make much of a dent in solutions...however, together we might. Using case studies of resilience in coastal communities, opportunities to come away from the Summit with the beginnings of significant impacts based on working together, is the anticipated outcome of this game changing event. As this is primarily an invitation driven event, an atmosphere of camaraderie and partnership will allow C-level executives to be at ease with their colleagues and fellow participants.
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Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity. As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program marks water’s central role in our work at a special event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health, and security.

The Wilson Center will be hosting a day-long symposium on 28 November, where they will take stock on the 1st year of the 1st U.S. Global Water Strategy; explore new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict; and highlight the centrality of water to global prosperity. The event will also be webcast live.
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Nature-based approaches to sustainable and resilient infrastructure development

The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), and the primary platform for knowledge sharing and learning amongst adaptation practitioners in the region. The sixth edition of the Forum will be held from 17 to 19 October 2018 at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila, jointly hosted by the Governments of the Philippines and Palau, and the Asian Development Bank. The Forum will focus on learning from actions towards climate-resilient development.

On Thursday of the three-day forum, the Asian Development Bank is convening a session on "Nature-based approaches to sustainable and resilient infrastructure development." AGWA's Coordinator will give a keynote presentation, which will be followed by a panel discussion that includes numerous AGWA members and collaborators. This session falls within the broader stream of "Resilience of industry and the built environment."
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Second International Seminar on Water Security

The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) is hosting the Second International Seminar on Water Security. During the conference, experts will gather to share experiences, explore strategic alliances, and identify projects and possible national and international synergies on Water Security. Presentations will cover actions for improving decision making, preserving the environment, and generating resilience in the face of future challenges.

AGWA's Coordinator is attending and presenting on a "Global Standard of Urban Resilience" on Wednesday, 26 September. The event is live-streamed on IMTA's YouTube Channel (click below to launch video).
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All You Need to Know About the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24 Climate Negotiations

The COP 23 Presidency and the upcoming COP 24 Presidency invite you to join a webinar on Friday, providing in-depth information on the orchestration of the Talanoa Dialogue during the international climate negotiations in Poland this December. This webinar will offer a general overview of the organization of the Talanoa Dialogue at COP 24. Arrangements have now been set, with consideration to adequate sequencing of the high level events, as well as the need to provide time for ongoing negotiations under the Paris Agreement Work Programme.
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