The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Asia International Water Week

The Asia International Water Week (AIWW) is a triennial water gathering to share tangible implementation for resolving Asian water problems. The Asia Water Council in collaboration with the authorities of host country and host city organizes the event. Asian water problems discussed three years prior to the AIWW through the preparatory process will be raised as the primary issues in the Asian water community and will be disseminated to the global water community with action plans to solve them.
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USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Scaling Up Climate Services: Lessons from East Africa

Effectively scaling up climate services requires solid investment in observations, usable climate data, the development of demand–driven products, and the tools to use processed data. One-off climate service pilots are important to test new ideas, but a more strategic approach is needed to reach scale.

USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project brought together key partners including national meteorological and hydrological services (NHMS), the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC), FEWS NET/USGS, and Tetra Tech to develop demand-driven tools to develop and improve East African climate services.

This month's Adaptation Community Meeting will highlight the experience working with these partners.
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Adaptive Delta Management Webinar

Delta regions and coastal cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change, rising sea levels, and growing populations. Planning infrastructure and policy, therefore, requires visualizing future pressures on infrastructure and environment. This tough task is made even more difficult by the fact that delta ecosystems are inherently dynamic and uncertain. Moreover, economic and/or environmental priorities do not always align with adaptation measures.

An upcoming webinar will discuss Adaptive Delta Management (ADM), a dynamic approach to assessing climate change impacts and planning adaptation measures. ADM is configured for dealing with uncertainties, linking current decision making to future choices. Although its prime focus is on delta areas, the approach can be applied beyond deltas.
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4th Arab Water Forum

The series of the tri-annual Arab Water Fora continues to promote a regional platform for engaging Arab Water Council (AWC) members, decision makers, water resources experts, practitioners, and institutions into dialogue on all aspects of water management for growth and sustainable development in the Arab region. The 4th Arab Water Forum will be convened by the AWC under the auspices of the League of Arab States and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt.
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5th edition of SITeau: Water and climate change, for a solidarity-based Africa

The 5th SITeau Conference will be taking place soon in Casablanca, Morocco. The two-day event will promote services, technologies, and projects focused on water and climate change in Africa. These will span the water-energy-food nexus as well as WASH topics. This year's theme is "Water and climate change, for a solidarity-based Africa." The event is being coordinated by the Moroccan Coalition for Water.
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Digital Earth Summit 2018

The 7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018) will be convened in El Jadida, Morocco from 17-19 April 2018 under the overarching theme “The Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa.” The event attracts researchers, scientists, professionals, and technologists from companies, universities, research firms, and government agencies around the world.

The main objective of DES-2018 is to bring together scientists and professionals from the African and international community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges, and share experiences. The conference agenda will include paper presentations, poster sessions, and project demonstrations along with prominent keynote speakers, workshops, and special sessions.
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CUAHSI’s 2017 Conference on Hydroinformatics: Swimming in Data Without Drowning in the Deluge

The proliferation of data and cyberinfrastructure has created a new ecosystem for water related sciences in which to research, learn, and educate. This flood of information and systems, however, can be difficult to navigate and can add challenges to scientific and teaching workflows. To fully realize the advantages of information technology in water related research and education, we must develop, maintain, support, and employ data tools and resources that are useful, enable transformative science, and have low barriers to use.

CUAHSI's 2017 Conference invites researchers, educators, and practitioners in the water sciences, data and computational sciences, as well as information technology sciences interested in advancing hydroinformatics to participate in this interdisciplinary event.
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Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia

During the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, there will be a special session addressing water security and climate change in Asia. The session will present the main outcomes of the conference “Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) – Challenges and Opportunities for Asia” that was attended by over 150 scientists from Asia in November 2016. It will also feature selected presentations that were appreciated by the participants. A key component will be group discussions on the relevance of the science agenda for SDGs and Paris Agreement implementation. The outcome of the session will be a report with best practice examples on "solution based research" and "future research demand and formats". It is being hosted by The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in association with DAAD exceed centres CNRD at Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany and SWINDON at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany.
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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference’s Business Day

The 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference will be taking place 5-9 June in Glasgow. This year's theme is "Our Climate Ready Future." Its goal is to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. ECCA 2017 is held in Europe but the focus is global, with presenters from 48 countries on five continents. The packed programme features three plenary sessions, 85 parallel sessions, a poster drinks reception, a Ceilidh and a film screening.

This year, for the first time, there is a special Business and Innovation programme to be run in parallel with the first two days of the conference. On Tuesday 6th June 2017, The ECCA Business Day will provide a unique setting to learn about what it takes to prepare business for a changing climate. Organizers are offering a reduced one-day rate for the Business Day, but tickets are selling out fast.
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SDG 6 Global Indicators - Transboundary Cooperation

This week UNECE and UNESCO will be holding technical webinars on SDG indicator 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation.” The webinars will explain the rationale behind indicator 6.5.2 and the methodology for monitoring it, and participants will have the opportunity to pose any questions they may have. They are expected to be particularly useful for the national administrations who are responsible for reporting on indicator 6.5.2.

The webinars are offered as part of the 2017 baseline process of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. They'll be offered in three languages (see below).
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