The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

IAIA17: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change

Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

Impact Assessment (IA) science and practice are strongly challenged by climate change. IA will contribute to ensuring that future development outcomes are not jeopardized by present-day decisions, and to identifying resilient adaptation measures to reduce and manage the adverse effects of climate change. The IAIA17 Conference will cover the cutting edge of IA information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

AGWA members will be attending the conference and leading a theme forum entitled "Standardizing Uncertainty: Systematic Approaches to Climate Resilience for Water Security."
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USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Preparing Africa for extreme climate events – the role of the African Risk Capacity

Please join the Adaptation Community Meeting on April 20 for a discussion on African Risk Capacity.

African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a sovereign insurance pool and early disaster response mechanism owned and governed by its African Member States. ARC helps its Member States to take the lead on disaster response by bringing together three elements: early warning, contingency planning and insurance. In order to participate in ARC, Member States must customize ARC’s early warning software Africa RiskView for their country context; identify and quantify their weather risk and what to transfer through insurance; and define a pre-agreed contingency plan in the event of ARC insurance payouts. Governments can then access immediate funds for early responses in the case of a natural disaster. Reducing the time it takes for assistance to reach those affected through early, nationally-led response reduces costs and the reliance on international appeals for assistance over time, but, more importantly, it saves the lives and livelihoods of those affected. Together ARC countries are catalyzing an essential paradigm shift in the humanitarian landscape to anticipatory, nationally-owned responses to natural disasters, but also providing an opportunity for donors, humanitarian organizations and private sector actors to reinforce the government-led risk management system they are building and to define a new way of responding to predictable natural disasters. Read More...

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Discussion on the International Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that, every four years, the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) "prepare and submit to the President and Congress" an assessment that summarizes the effects from global change on the U.S. The fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) is due in 2018. For the first time, the NCA will include a chapter on climate impacts on U.S. international interests. This international chapter will look at climate impacts on U.S. interests abroad including trade, security, development and humanitarian assistance investments, and scientific research.

Join on April 6, 2017 for a special edition of the Adaptation Community Meeting with the author team of the NCA international chapter. The authors will share plans and invite input on the content of the chapter.
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AWRA 2017 Summer Specialty Conference on Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management

In this sixth installment of its Climate Change Conference Series, the American Water Resources Associations (AWRA) continues the dialogue from previous meetings to address the challenges we face as a Nation in understanding and responding to climate change. The Nation's capital, Washington, DC, will serve as the backdrop for the 2017 conference. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for water resources professionals working in research, management, policy and education to gather, discuss and collaborate as they shape the future of sustainable water management. It promises to be an engaging week of water resources community, conversation and connections.

The theme of this year's meeting is Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.
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World Water Day 2017

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting 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.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Water Safety Plans – a risk management approach from catchment to consumer, March 15th. Read More...

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: ADVANCE - Adaptation for Development and Conservation: Lessons Learned from the field

At USAID's March Adaptation Community Meeting Ryan Bartlett, Senior Specialist for Climate Resilience at WWF, will give an overview of ADVANCE, a partnership between WWF and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) that aims to provide new ways of generating and integrating climate risk information into conservation and development planning. Read More...

Adaptation to Climate Change: The Role of Ecosystem Services

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is a regional center in Costa Rica dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture, and the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. With experience developed in the subject for more than 9 years, CATIE's Climate Change and Watershed Program is promoting a course on the role of ecosystems to climate change adaptation. Read More...

Resilience in the Water Space: Merging Science, Engineering, Business, & Policy

Florida Earth's flagship program, the US-Netherlands Connection's Professional Program (USNC Pro) will be held June 19-23, 2017. With a stellar team already partially assembled, this year will have a very unique focus on resilience in water-related themes through the perspective of collaborating science, engineering, business and policy. Participating groups include researchers and administrators from National Labs all over the world, university admin and faculty, engineering firms, business and government representatives. The program uses various locations as backgrounds for not only getting insight into Dutch water-related thought processes, but also as a catalyst for innovative thinking that leads to solutions to water challenges. Some of the locations the USNC Pro team go are UNESCO-IHE, Rijkswaterstaat, Deltares, Province Zeeland, The City of Nijmegen and the City of Rotterdam. This year's program will have several outcomes that will have far reaching effects including the beginnings of a global partnership for knowledge exchange between research institutions.
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Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

These webinars are available for viewing at any time. They provide basic information about the fundamentals of remote sensing, and are often a prerequisite for other ARSET trainings.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will become familiar with satellite orbits, types, resolutions, sensors and processing levels. In addition to a conceptual understanding of remote sensing, attendees will also be able to articulate its advantages and disadvantages. Participants will also have a basic understanding of NASA satellites, sensors, data, tools, portals and applications to environmental monitoring and management. Read More...