The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Oct 2017

Water Criteria on Nature-based and Hybrid Water Infrastructure: Consultation and Webinars

On behalf of the Water Consortium, the Climate Bonds Initiative has released Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for public consultation.

The Water Criteria are a key component of the science-based Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme - a screening tool for investors, development banks and governments, which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions. A 60-day public consultation period for the Phase 2 Criteria opens on 16 October.

Two webinars about the new Water Criteria have been announced: 25 October and 20 November. Details are below.
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Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition, held in Buenos Aires, 13-16 November, will bring together water science and research with the public and private sectors, financial institutions and policy makers, to drive water cooperation and water solutions that can be applied globally.

With over 2000 participants and a record number of exhibitors attending the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017 in Argentina, this is the Latin American water event of the year. An exciting International Exhibition is a one-stop-shop connecting the right people with the right solutions from more than 150 leading international companies and institutions.
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Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy

The 2017 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. This week-long conference is designed to bring together research with policy, practice, and networking events.

During the Conference AGWA's Coordinator will be moderating a panel discussion entitled Building Resilient Communities to Withstand Increasing Extreme Weather Events’ Impact on the Global Water Crisis.
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Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

While Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other decisions are made at national levels, real decision making often takes place at the local level where issues of implementation are addressed. How can cities remain resilient in the face of climate change and other uncertainties? What are the best ways to assess and deal with risks? We need to increase capacity for water managers and decision makers at regional and local levels when it comes to planning for sustainable development and resiliency in urban environments.

A new project being co-financed by the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) aims to do just that. The SIWI Swedish Water House, together with Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), is organizing a series of workshops to connect decision makers and local practitioners (cities and municipalities) engaged in climate change adaptation areas. The aim of the workshops will be to train these parties in a set of risk management approaches known as bottom-up approaches. AGWA and Deltares are collaborating members of this project.
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