The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Apr 2016

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Assessment of farming practices in two territories of Central America

The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership invites you to the next webinar in its webinar series. Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, this webinar will focus on climate-smart agriculture.

Climate-smart Agriculture is an approach to develop the technical, policy and investment conditions to promote a sustainable agricultural development that contributes to food security in the context of climate change. To apply this approach it is important to develop support frameworks to facilitate the identification of best practice portfolios and prioritize investments.

This webinar will present the "Framework for prioritizing investment in climate-smart agriculture" a methodological tool developed by the CCAFS-CIAT and adapted by CATIE in order to apply in two Central American territories where the Mesoamerican Agro- environmental Program (MAP) operates. This tool allows for the identification and evaluation of technically and economically promising practices of climate-smart agriculture, and building portfolios with best practices selected by key players through participatory processes. The webinar will be held in Spanish. Read More...

UNFCCC Adaptation Committee: Establishing a partnership platform to provide technical support

During the Bonn Climate Change Conference, the Adaptation Committee will conduct a side event that on collecting information and assessing support for the establishment of a partnership platform with regional centers, to provide technical support on adaptation to developing countries.

This side-event will provide an occasion to discuss some key findings regarding recent activities undertaken by regional centers and networks on adaptation planning processes and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning, in the context of the Nairobi work programme. Please, be informed that the information note providing a synthesis of the outcomes of these activities will be available online very soon for consideration at SBSTA 44. Read More...

Making Decisions for Managing Water Under Climate Uncertainty

Mexico will be hosting its first National Forum on Climate Adaptation from 18-20 April 2016. The purpose of this forum will be to reduce the nation's climate vulnerability through effective concrete adaptation actions advanced in a context of wide and strong partnerships among different actors. The Forum will be a meeting place for actors from the private, academic, social and governmental levels to discuss climate adaptation issues and approaches over three days of workshops.

During the Forum, AGWA's Secretariat Coordinator John Matthews will present a workshop on "Making Decisions for Managing Water Under Climate Uncertainty." More information on this particular event can be found below. Read More...

CDKN Webinar: Natural Hazard Risks for Infrastructure in El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, with 69% of its 6 million people living in cities. The highly degraded state of the natural resources means that El Salvador is one of the least self-sufficient countries in terms of food security, and it is also recognised as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, with 90% of the territory located in areas of high risk to natural disasters (UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination, 2010).

In response to a request by the Government of El Salvador, CDKN and its partners aim to identify the risks presented by a range of natural hazards on the key infrastructure in the country. Their goal is to develop a national framework for infrastructure risk assessment using the best available information, produce initial estimates of the level of risk, and support the development of a sustainable collaboration across agencies responsible for infrastructure to further develop and refine the framework and estimates for use within core development policy analysis and decision making. Join them in this webinar to learn more about the initial results of this project and the implications going forward. Read More...

Building a Resilient Future through Water - Connecting the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

A side event on the occasion of the UNGA High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, 21-22 April

Organized by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), in partnership with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the objective of the event is to present and discuss possible strategies for strengthening climate resilience through effective and sustainable water resources management and how the Paris Agreement and the SDGs can be implemented in a coordinated way with water as a useful connector. The UN Deputy Secretary General, H.E. Jan Eliasson, will be delivering a keynote speech.

All are invited to this event, which is set to take place on April 20 at the UN Headquarters in New York.


This post will be updated as more details are finalized. Check back soon.

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Implementing the EU Adaptation Strategy - Practical insights and policy recommendations

Climate action is a key priority of the EU and accounts for at least 20% of its budget for 2014-2020. The 2013 EU Climate Adaptation Strategy plays a crucial role in defining how these climate funds should be allocated in order to increase Europe’s resilience in the face of climate change. Three years since its launch, this workshop will help take stock of how the Adaptation Strategy is being put into practice across Europe. Since 2012, the BASE project has engaged with stakeholders at the local, national and EU level in over 20 locations to take stock of on-going adaptation activities in Europe.

The goal of this interactive policy workshop is to bring together stakeholders to share their experiences and knowledge to shed light on European adaptation in policy and practice. Participants will discuss the implications of these insights for the implementation of the EU Adaptation Strategy and help shape a series of recommendations to support the review and future format of the European Adaptation Strategy. Read More...