The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

November 2016

A Green Future for Muni Bonds: What to know about green water bonds

This webinar hosted by Ceres will give water service providers an overview of green bonds—a new class of municipal bonds—and their applicability for financing water utility projects. Municipal bonds have always played an important role in financing local water projects. As communities, infrastructure and the climate itself changes, the municipal bond financing landscape is changing as well. Green bonds are an emerging financing tool for water projects that meet the everyday needs of communities in a sustainable and resilient manner. Read More...

Launch of USAID's Climate Action Review: 2010-2016

For many years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been a leader in assisting partner countries to pursue low-carbon economic growth and build their resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. Through investments in clean energy and adaptation and support for sustainable forestry and agriculture, and by integrating best practices across its development portfolio, USAID’s approach to building the capacity and confidence of partners has yielded major achievements as well as lessons learned.

Please save the date for an exploration of the successes and lessons learned in a time of rapid technological innovation, policy evolution, and environmental change. Read More...

USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting: Calculating the Costs of Not Adapting to Climate Change

The costs of not adapting to climate change are as important as calculating the costs of adaptation measures for decision makers at all scales. For USAID's December Adaptation Community Meeting, join ATLAS Governance and Evaluation Advisor Doug Baker for a discussion of the methods developed by USAID and others to reveal the potential costs of not adapting. Read More...

NAP Global Network at COP 22

The NAP Global Network is gearing up for activities in Marrakech during COP 22. The NAP Global Network aims to enhance national adaptation planning and action in developing countries through coordination of bilateral support and in-country actors. The Network also facilitates international peer learning and exchange.

Please find below information on events that the Network is involved in at COP22.
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Building Resilience to Flooding: Local and Global Perspectives

Find out how the Netherlands, the District of Columbia and DC Water are integrating their flood management practices and planning decisions to improve resilience. Can flooding always be prevented? How does adaptive urban planning help boost resilience? How will DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project manage flooding in the District? What roles do policy and inter-agency cooperation play in flood management and risk reduction?

The evening will illuminate how urban planning helps to boost resilience, how DC Water's Clean Rivers Project manages flooding in DC, and the roles of policy and inter-agency cooperation in flood management and risk reduction. Read More...

Cooperation and conflict resolution in groundwater and aquifer management

Conflicts over water depend on the characteristics of the resource. Conflicts over groundwater and aquifers are very different from those posed by surface water resources. Surface water negotiations typically focus on allocations and flows; negotiations over groundwater typically focus on storage and water quality. Whereas surface watersheds, the common boundary for integrated water resource management, are static, groundwater boundaries are value laden and constantly change during development. The resources are often times managed separately even though both resources are hydraulically connected.

This webinar will examine the science that is at the core of groundwater and aquifer disputes as well as issues of groundwater governance. Read More...