The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

May 2016

World Fish Migration Day Kickoff Celebration Livestreaming Today

TNC together with WWF and the World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF) will be hosting the worldwide Kick-off celebration for World Fish Migration Day 2016. The event takes place later today (Friday May 20th, 2016) in Washington DC. Organizers have gathered a fantastic line-up of speakers and panelists to bring awareness to the importance of fisheries and healthy rivers for WFMD2016. Featured speakers will include Jennifer Haverkamp (Senior Water Advisor to Secretary of State Kerry), Zeb Hogan (Host of NatGeo’s Monster Fish), Gustaaf Borchardt (Chairman of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine), amongst several other keynotes. There will be a diverse panel, discussions and a special announcement by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Deputy Johannes Kramer, Vice Governor of the Dutch Province of Friesland.

You can follow the kick-off through its live streaming video. This will be available from 15:00-17:00 (eastern time zone, USA) on their website: http://www.worldfishmigrationday.com/live-stream

Check out the exciting new video by NatGeo Wild, made especially for WFMD2016:
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/monster-fish/videos/world-fish-migration-day-psa/ Read More...

SDG on Water: Business as Usual in Brussels?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 represent a unique opportunity to unify efforts around a shared definition of success and a set of common global goals and pathways to a more sustainable future.

In 2016, countries turn towards implementation of the SDGs and trying to identify priorities and focus joint efforts. The EU is expected to outline its approach towards SDG implementation in June 2016 including its action on reaching SDG6 goal of ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The conference will highlight the importance of the SDGs for the EU to focus on water and its cross-cutting challenges and provide examples of implementation of the SDGs that go beyond business-as-usual and bring about transformational change. Read More...

Adapting Rwanda’s economy to a changing climate

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Future Climate for Africa are hosting a public event on "Adapting Rwanda’s economy to a changing climate." The event will take place at ODI's offices in London, but people can participate either in person or through an online simulcast.

Climate change is already under way and set to continue for the next few decades, even as countries take action to tackle its longer-term effects. With the mercury rising and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, drought and heavy rains becoming more common, climate change is a development issue now. Developing countries that depend heavily on farming, fishing and forestry are especially vulnerable. Rwanda is such a case: its lucrative tea and coffee sectors employ millions of people. Hear from expert panelists on these urgent issues facing Rwanda and other developing countries. Read More...

International Summer Program on Sustainable Water Management in an era of Big Data


When: 25 July – 5 August, 2016
Where: ICHARM, Tsukuba, Japan & The University of Tokyo
How to Register: Visit this registration page to apply by May 22
Course Website: http://wci.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/summer/

The Summer Program explores how to develop resilience to disasters under the climate change, while providing comfortable, safe, and naturally rich environment. It considers risk of unforeseen disasters and researches how to introduce this risk into social management and planning to assure sufficient preparedness. It provides knowledge on how to exploit data and data integration functions of DIAS for this purpose.

It is mainly intended for undergraduate students, but applications by graduate and post-graduate students as well as young professionals will also be welcomed. All applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English, which will be the course language and must be able to attend the program for the whole duration. Applications from various majors and disciplines are welcomed. Read More...

Green Bonds Update from China & India: The very latest reports from Climate Bonds in these growing markets

Climate Bonds representatives have just returned from attending the Green Finance Committee Annual Conference in Beijing and rounds of high level meetings in Mumbai and Delhi. In each centre, climate finance, green bonds and infrastructure investment were high on the agenda at conferences, roundtables and green finance meetings.

This webinar is your chance to hear first-hand from Climate Bonds on the latest market trends, policy developments and green bond directions in China & India. This will be followed by an extended Q&A session.

A special update will be given in preparation for the inaugural Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition (GIIC) India Forum scheduled for 30th June at the London Stock Exchange. Read More...

Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with THE ACADEMY is launching a series of webinars focusing on innovative approaches in water management relevant to closing the gap on targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the SDG6 on Water and Sanitation.

This session will focus on the role the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will play in shaping water management practices in the decades to come. Presenters will introduce targets (and proposed indicators) under the Water and Sanitation Goal 6, and will reflect on the interlinkages between Goal 6 and other SDGs. In addition, this session will address the means of implementation, including data collection and capacity building needs in countries. The concluding presentation will have a closer look at the regional processes, through the example of The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) Monitoring and Reporting System for the Water Sector in Africa. Read More...