The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Oct 2016

Innovative Approaches and Tools for Improved Management of Floods and Droughts

This is the fourth session in the UNEP-DHI Water Innovation Webinar series, co-organized with THE ACADEMY by DHI. These Water Webinar series are targeted at water practitioners of all levels, including policy-makers, technical staff and water educators. The aim of these series of webinars is to give an insight to the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting the achievement of SDGs in a number of ways, underlining the need for, and opportunities in integrated approaches to water management.

Throughout the series, the presenters will address a broad range of aspects – from water education, to emerging possibilities in water data collection, to technical tools and planning with nature. Read More...

Essentials of the DOE Hydropower Vision Report

Marla Barnes, Publisher and Chief Editor of Hydro Review, will be moderating a live webcast about a new Department of Energy (US) hydropower report and its implications. Dave Culligan and Rick Miller from HDR, and Linda Church Ciocci from NHA will be the presenters. They will discuss the essentials of the DOE Hydropower Vision Report and how to make the 400 page report work for you. They’ll break the report down and direct you to the key points that will help leverage the report to your benefit, using proof points to make your case.

The panelists will also address the NHA's plans to help the industry unlock hydro and secure nearly 50 GW of installed hydropower capacity by 2050.

If you are a hydropower professional, developer or a hydropower owner and operator, do not miss this webinar. Read More...

Two cities - One Region - One Resilience Ambition

Both Dutch cities of The Hague and Rotterdam are part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. As part of a larger Metropolitan Region, both cities have embraced the fact that an integrated approach towards resilience can produce more effective and efficient results. From coast to quay, this region continues to pursue an ambition of climate-resilience on geographical, economic and political levels.

You are invited to join in and as speakers share their thoughts on joint-initiatives between cities to improve regional resilience. Read More...

Catalyzing climate change adaptation in cities through knowledge

The event provides the opportunity to present the NWP, by introducing its role in informing governments during the climate negotiations, its upcoming activities on human settlements, as well as the knowledge resources it has generated with contributions from its 320 partner organizations. In the field of urban adaptation, mitigation, and resilience, the UCCRN -- with its network of 750 expert scholars and urban practitioners -- is one of the key knowledge partners of the NWP, as evidenced by the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2) that will be presented during the event. Read More...

Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty | Annual Workshop

During the first three workshops, the society’s members have been getting to know each other and each other’s work. Over this time, demand for DMDU work has grown rapidly, and we have discovered common theoretical and practical challenges to applying our methods and meeting those demands. Many of these challenges are not unique to DMU, but apply to other policy and decision analysis methods as well. This year’s workshop seeks to address those challenges and to bring in new perspectives from related fields. We believe that by brainstorming together on the problems we face, our community will grow stronger and our work will be even more equipped to respond to today’s difficult planning problems. Read More...

Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty | Methods Training

The World Bank will host the 2016 DMDU workshop in Washington DC, on November 16 and 17, 2016, with a training on DMDU methodologies scheduled for November 15th, 2016. There is still place for the training, but it is running out fast. Please confirm here by October 15 if you have not done that already, to make sure we save you a spot! The annual meeting is fully booked. Please let us know if you will not come so there will be place for others to attend. Read More...

Perspectives on Climate Adaptation for Delta and Water Management

Deltares USA and NL are organizing an event in Washington DC entitled “Perspectives on Climate Adaptation for Delta and Water Management”. This meeting is a pre-event to the Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty training on November 15th and annual meeting at the World Bank, on November 16 and 17, 2016 (www.deepuncertainty.org). In the light of this event several experts based in the Netherlands will visit Washington DC. Read More...

Transition Towards Sustainable Delta Cities

In light of the upcoming Habitat III conference at Quito, Ecuador, The Government of the Netherlands as outgoing chair of the Delta Coalition together with the City of Beira and the knowledge network Delta Alliance are pleased to invite you to their network event “Transition towards Sustainable Delta Cities” on Wednesday the 19th of October 2016 from 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm in room MR19 at the venue of the Habitat III conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion”.

During this challenging network event the aim is to build networks and make the next steps on concrete actions, innovations, proposals and research, hereby building on the results obtained at the Sustainable Urban Deltas Conference, which was held in Rotterdam (May 2016). These results were presented to the ministerial round table of the Delta Coalition and resulted in the adoption of a ministerial declaration and a call for action.

Furthermore, best practices will be presented, all of which will focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on local scale in Delta cities. The event will bring together national and local governments, the private sector, research organizations and civil society around an (local) action agenda of innovative solutions for challenges in delta cities. Read More...

Adaptation Pathways - From Concept to Practice

Mainstreaming climate change into decision-making to achieve ‘climate compatible development’ is a pressing challenge. This process is complicated by the uncertainties in climate change projections and impacts and the necessity for cooperation between public and private actors across multiple sectors. In addition, other drivers such as population growth, increasing economic volatility and modernisation interact with climate change to generate non-linear and unexpected outcomes and shocks, requiring novel thinking about development planning.

By focussing on how decision-makers can account for future uncertainty, the recent construct of adaptation pathways provides a potentially useful approach. Its core principles are the recognition of multiple stakeholders and their competing values, goals and knowledge, the need to identify and implement both incremental and transformative strategies, and the sequencing of decisions over time to avoid foreclosure of options and to minimise risks of maladaptation. Join this webinar to learn about the adaptation pathways approach and how to put the concept into practice. Read More...

Water and Security in an Uncertain World

As our climate changes, the uncertainty of water availability and access threatens to become one of the major challenges to national security. But much like climate change’s connections to security, water’s impact on conflict can be difficult to see when measured against seemingly more immediate threats like terrorism – and similarly challenging to understand. By unpacking the many ways that water relates to U.S. strategic interests, international security, and conflict risks, we can better understand not only its links to insecurity but also opportunities for building peace and fostering cooperation.

Join in this event for a discussion with representatives from across the U.S. government, academia, and practitioner community to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by water security. Read More...