The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

November 2014

AGWA Knowledge Exchange

Co-convenors: AGWA, Colorado State University, Deltares, SESYNC, OECD, UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme, University of Massachusetts, USACE IWR, World Bank

Representing a culmination of many of the efforts over the previous three SESYNC workshops, the third day of the fourth SESYNC workshop is more self-contained and will focus on sharing the SESYNC eco-engineering team’s work to other potential partners for amplification, extension, and adoption, using a knowledge exchange format. Each segment will begin with a short introduction and case and then have an exchange about applications.
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Working with scarce data for eco-engineering decision scaling: SESYNC Workshop

Co-convenors: AGWA, NASA, SESYNC, World Bank — 7 October 2014

Over the past three previous workshops, our thematic group has developed what we believe is a robust approach to reconciling ecological and engineering approaches to long-term robust and resilient water resources management through the use of a decision scaling framework, an approach we refer to as ecological decision scaling. Integral to this approach is viewing ecosystems as dynamic and responsive in complex ways to climate-induced changes, which marks a significant shift from current approaches to ecological approaches to sustainable water management. A critical assumption in our approach is that there are specific resilience indicators that are not currently widely employed. While we believe that ecological decision scaling is both effective and practical, we are also concerned that in many regions of the world, particularly in those areas where water infrastructure development is occurring very rapidly, the lack of easily accessible knowledge products for these resilience indicators represents a major gap for implementation. Read More...

NASA Water Quality Monitoring Course

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) invites you to attend an online course on “Water Quality Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Measurements”. It will take place as three one-hour webinar sessions taking place on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd December 2014.
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UNFCCC COP 20 Side Event

This side event will aim to build recognition of the links between climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience, while focusing on water resources as the common denominator between the strategies. We will share experiences and lessons learned in areas related to water management, energy efficiency, sustainable drainage systems, catchment protection and management and the promotion of policies which improves adaptive capacity and builds resilience, while aiming at not increasing the greenhouse gas emissions. Read More...

Fourth AGWA-SESYNC Workshop Summary

In early October AGWA hosted a SESYNC-sponsored workshop with one day focused on 'Working with Scarce Data for Ecological Scaling’. During this session participants deepened their exploration of the ability to develop remote sensing data products that are suitable to support the metrics and methods developed from earlier eco-engineering SESYNC theme workshops, particularly in regions with limited data. Read More...

AGWA Working Group on Climate Bonds & Water

A new Climate Bonds Expert Working Group, made up of key water sector and industry experts from around the world will be met for the first time today to develop criteria for water investments that can be used to back green and climate bonds certified under the Climate Bond Standard – an easy-to-use tool for investors and governments that allows them to assess the environmental integrity of bonds with confidence.
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US AID Adaptation Talk: Climate Information and Decision Processes

For our discussion this month, our speakers will be Lisa Goddard (Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), a senior research scientist at the IRI, and an adjunct associate professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University) and Jim Buizer (Professor of Climate Adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona). Their presentation will focus on their work on the Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience project. Please find their presentation abstract and bios below. Read More...