The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

UNECE's 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

You are invited to join more than 400 representatives of Ministries, joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations and academia from all regions of the world who will come together in Astana, Kazakhstan from 10 to 12 October, to discuss transboundary water cooperation, at the eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 8) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). This high-level meeting, organized by the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which services the Water Convention, is in many ways historic: it will be the first MOP held in Asia and the first one with membership of the Convention beyond the pan-European region, symbolically marking the beginning of a new era for the Convention.
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AQUACROSS Final Conference | Ecosystem-Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity

The agenda for the AQUACROSS Final Conference "Ecosystem-Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity – Practice and Lessons Learnt" is now available online.

The conference will bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss cross-cutting topics related to the protection of aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss the added value of integrative policy and assessment frameworks for the protection of aquatic biodiversity with lessons learnt from 8 case studies, other research projects and ongoing policy initiatives.
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5th OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment

As part of its extensive work on green finance and investment, the OECD has convened the annual Forum on Green Finance and Investment (formerly known as the Green Investment Financing Forum) since 2014. The Forum, now the annual flagship event of the Centre, gathers senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for open and action-oriented discussions to advance the global agenda.

This pioneering annual event hosted by the OECD convenes leading actors across the green finance community to help catalyse and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient global economy.
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Science to Impact: SERVIR’s Service Planning Toolkit

After over a decade delivering on SERVIR’s goal of bringing space to village, SERVIR faces many of the key challenges that plague research for development initiatives. These challenges include making certain that research is meeting genuine needs and is demand driven; connecting and tailoring information for relevant real-world decisions; avoiding redundancy; and ensuring SERVIR outputs have proper handoffs, capacity transfers, and incentives for sustainability. After ten years of learning, SERVIR captured these lessons in a “Service Planning Toolkit” to help the program and its partners design sustainable services that maximize SERVIR’s investments for development impact.

Join the organizers for a webinar that will provide an overview of the SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit, examples of toolkit implementation from partner institutions, and a discussion of broader applications for those working in the field of research for development.
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Entry points for mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation

The Global Project Mainstreaming EbA is delighted to invite you to the free and public webinar - Entry points for mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation: The cases of Peru and South Africa. The event is part of a series of webinars of the International EbA Community of Practice.
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Central American and Caribbean Workshop on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Predictability of the Mid-Summer Drought

Make sure to register before the end of the month if you're interested in attending the December training event "Central American and Caribbean Workshop on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Predictability of the Mid-Summer Drought."

To advance the understanding of the subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) physical mechanisms and sources of predictability related to the mid-summer drought characteristics, the Central American and Caribbean Workshop on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Predictability will have a special focus on these issues. The participants will be exposed to different tools to monitor and analyze canícula’s characteristics, and to assess its S2S predictability and skill. The workshop is designed to have a strong component (approx. 70%) of practical sessions and “real-world exercises." The classes will be given in both English and Spanish. Read More...

International G-WADI Seminar - Citizen Science for Water and Drought Management

Availability of water resources is essential for communities, as well as for agricultural and industrial activities. The generation of agrometeorological and hydrological data underpins most decision-making on water resources and is the basis for assessing risks related to water such as floods and droughts. But despite its critical societal relevance, this area of science is characterized by an acute scarcity of data in space and time (e.g., Hannah et al., 2011), which contrasts significantly with the heterogeneity and complexity of actual water management and governing processes. As such, it is pertinent to reflect upon the potential role that citizen science could play in the generation of new knowledge in relation to the water cycle and drought-related aspects, and the use of citizen science in decision-making.

As part of the project ‘A Citizen Science Approach to Drought Risk Management in Peru and Chile’, granted by Newton-Picarte Fund through the British Council as a delivery partner, carried out by Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture, through its Section of Emergencies and Management of Agricultural Risks, and within the framework of the UNESCO Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) program, the seminar invites experiences from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean on the different aspects of citizen science for water resources and drought risk management. The workshop is also a contribution to the 8th Phase of UNESCO IHP (IHP VIII 2014-2021) Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’.
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Advanced Webinar: Radar Remote Sensing for Land, Water, & Disaster Applications

A limitation of optical satellite remote sensing is that it depends on cloudless, well-illuminated areas to produce quality data. This is especially problematic for collecting data during nighttime or when there is cloud cover. Radar is an ideal sensor to study the surface of the Earth because of its ability to “see” through clouds regardless of day or night conditions. In addition, the radar signal can penetrate through the vegetation canopy and provide information about conditions underneath, such as flooding. Techniques such as interferometry can track surface deformation on the order centimeters, such as ground movement caused by earthquakes.

This webinar series builds on ARSET's previous webinar: Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar. The training will focus on different radar approaches and techniques including amplitude, time-series, polarimetry, and interferometry for mapping and monitoring disasters and land cover. Attendees will apply these techniques to map land cover and land use change, deforestation, flooding, crop monitoring, and surface deformation for earthquake monitoring.
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Final Conference for the EU Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS

This October marks the Final Conference for the EU Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS (Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies): Ecosystem-Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity – Practice and Lessons Learnt.

The conference will bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss cross-cutting topics related to the protection of aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss the added value of integrative policy and assessment frameworks for the protection of aquatic biodiversity with lessons learned from 8 case studies, other research projects and ongoing policy initiatives.
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Managing for climate risk: Approaches and perspectives from the World Bank, USAID, International Finance Corporation and Inter-American Development Bank

A changing and more variable climate, bringing with it increasingly frequent, longer and more severe droughts, heat waves, floods and extreme weather events, is putting the most vulnerable populations at higher risk of disease, displacement, and loss of livelihoods. Climate change also threatens to undermine development interventions aimed at improving the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations. To improve resilience to both current and future climate, as well as safeguard development gains, several leading organizations within the international development community have implemented processes to manage climate risk at various levels from high-level country strategies to specific project activities.

At the June Adaptation Community Meeting, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank will come together to discuss each organization’s current and emerging approaches to climate risk management. The discussion will highlight each organization’s approach, initiatives to track and assess the effectiveness of climate risk management, lessons learned, and ideas for the future.
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