The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Jan 2017

Launch of “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions”

The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, with the support of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) will launch \ the “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions.” Launched in December 2015, RegionsAdapt is the first global initiative to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation.

Reporting data annually through the risks and adaptation section of CDP´s states and regions platform represents one of the three commitments RegionsAdapt members agree to when joining the initiative. Thus, the “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report” is the first to reflect on the level of ambition shown by regional governments in their adaptation strategies. Join this webinar to discover general trends about the risks from climate change and to learn how much our members are engaged on climate action.
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AGWA Policy Group's First Meeting of 2017

The AGWA Policy Group, led by SIWI, will be holding its first meeting of 2017 in early February. The Policy Group has grown a great deal over the past year but they are always seeking new supporters, partners, and colleagues. This meeting will focus on plans for the upcoming year as well as a recap of recent policy advances and events related to the AGWA network. If you are interested in joining the call or finding out more about the group, contact the Policy Group or Sofia Widforss at SIWI. Read More...

Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) Disaster Preparedness Training

Up-to-date and accessible information is essential to providing an effective, coordinated response to disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tropical storms. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) provides near real-time data, alerts, and impact assessments that can be accessed online. ARSET is offering a webinar on the GDACS system this February. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations in the public and private sectors involved in disaster management. In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use GDACS to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events. Read More...

2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference and Green Bond Awards

Green bonds have become an investment phenomena, with USD 81 billion issued in 2016 — double what we saw in 2015. This week France is in the market with its inaugural — and huge — green sovereign bond, having already kicked started a race for sovereigns with its statement of intent mid-last year (Poland just beat them to issuance). Last year it was China that powered growth, going from a standing start to being the largest green bond market by year’s end. Green bonds have now been issued everywhere from Mexico to Latvia to the Philippines.

But it’s not enough. To make a real difference to the environmental challenges we face, we will need to see a trillion dollar a year market by 2020. Will we get there? What’s the role of government? What to expect for 2017?

On 6 March, Climate Bonds Initiative will be holding the 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference in London — and the 2017 Green Bond Pioneer Awards that evening. ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and the City of London’s Green Finance Committee will be CBI's partners in hosting this event.
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New UNEP-DHI Water Webinar Series on Flood and Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is launching a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

Flood and Drought Management webinar series will give an insight into the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting flood and drought management at all scales - from basin to catchment, to water utility and industry levels. Presentations will cover a broad range of technical tools, emerging technology advances, as well as practical experiences in applying these tools and technologies in basins and water utilities.
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USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting: The Role of Decentralized Governance in Climate Change Adaptation

Does local-level adaptation to climate change benefit from the devolution of decision-making and resource control to the local level? This question is of increasing relevance as the pressures of global climate change challenge livelihood outcomes. For the January Adaptation Community Meeting, Dr. Tim Finan and Dr. Mamadou Baro of the University of Arizona share the results of a research case study from rural Mali, where a system of decentralized governance was introduced almost three decades ago.
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