The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

May 2015

World Resources Institute | Water Pricing in an Age of Scarcity: New Research from the IMF and WRI

From California to Karachi, climate change, population pressures, and economic growth are exacerbating water stress conditions around the world. The International Monetary Fund and World Resources Institute invite you to a timely dialogue of policymakers, economists, and water resource experts on new approaches to water pricing to manage rapidly increasing risks in an efficient, equitable, and sustainable manner. Read More...

Global climate policy & national water action: towards COP21 and beyond | WWW 2015

The climate negotiations at COP20 resulted in the Lima Call for Climate Action; a critical step towards a legally binding agreement at COP21 in Paris, with the long-term aim of having zero net emissions by 2050. Impacts from climate change manifests through changes in the water cycle and water-related disasters such as floods and droughts, accounting for almost 90% of the 1,000 most disastrous events since 1990. Without wise management of water resources, socio-economic development will be at risk in a changing climate. Water is also critical for mitigation, as many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources. Hence, strategic management for climate resilient water resources could support ambitious and long-term mitigation and adaptation plans, and should therefore be incorporated in the future global climate agreement; for national planning and implementation. And as water related hazards exacerbate inequalities and are disproportionally borne by poor and vulnerable communities, climate resilient water infrastructure is also key for development and poverty reduction. Read More...

Cooperation on climate change adaptation and mitigation in transboundary basins | WWW 2015

Climate change impacts on water resources will have cascading effects on many parts of the economy and society, as various sectors depend on water. 60% of the world’s freshwater courses are transboundary, hence cooperation on climate change adaptation at the regional and transboundary levels is critical for successful adaptation. In addition, adaptation measures may hinder or facilitate climate change mitigation measures and vice-versa. While such interrelations are often overlooked at the national level, the transboundary context adds another layer of complexity. Read More...

Investment Approaches to Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation | WWW 2015

Green bonds have emerged in recent years as a promising new financial mechanism that offers investors an opportunity to support climate friendly investments. Maintaining credible market growth will require new tools that will assist issuers in meeting investor demand for climate-themed bonds; assist investors in recognising such bonds; and assist governments in supporting investments in such bonds. Water investments are fast becoming a popular theme for green bonds. The potential for green bonds to drive low-cost capital in search of thematic relevance to clean water projects is undeniable. But while it may be tempting to define every water project as "green," inclusion of environmentally destructive water projects could undermine market credibility and unnecessarily compromise the competitiveness of water projects with a higher environmental and social yield. Read More...

Climate change and political insecurity | WWW 2015

Climate change driven hazards can be an underlying reason for increased tension, armed conflicts and political insecurity that many parts of the world are experiencing today. Some studies indicate that Climate change can increase armed conflict with up to 50 %.

Climate change will impact the frequency and magnitude of droughts, floods and flash floods are with large consequences for human settlements and livelihoods, forcing people to become refugees, nationally or internationally. It is also a severe obstacle for socio-economic development in particular regions. For instance, in Syria droughts has been identified as an underlying factor contributing to the political instability in the region. Read More...

Fifth AGWA Annual Meeting

Supported by the generosity of the World Bank, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and SIWI, the Fifth AGWA Annual Members Meeting will be oriented around the annual report, available as a dropbox download in advance of the meeting.

This Members Meeting is the longest we have scheduled for some time, reflecting AGWA's growth and current breadth. We plan to have a dynamic meeting, with activities meant to encourage active participation from AGWA members and to elicit ideas, feedback, and interaction. We plan several breakout groups on specific topics. Read More...

Eleventh Annual Meeting of the IGWCO CoP

The 11th annual IGWCO COP meeting will be held at the ESSIC Center on the University of Maryland College Park Campus on June 10 to 12, 2015. All IGWCO COP members are invited to come as are the many more experts on water and Earth observations who are interested in the topics addressed by GEO Water and IGWCO. This meeting will be an important event for transitioning water activities from the current GEO work plan to the new GEO Work Plan. Read More...