The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Sep 2017

European Youth Parliament for Water

The 14th European Youth Parliament for Water starts this Sunday. From October 1-7, delegates aged 17-25 from across Europe will explore the theme of Water and Peace in the historic Italian city of Rovereto, Italy. They will meet with experts and elected officials as they mobilize to advocate for water and its role in conflict prevention. Solidarity Water Europe has organized the European Youth Parliament for Water for over a decade.

Throughout the event, participants will deepen their awareness of the crucial role civil society and youth play as ambassadors for a better world. A world defined by dialogue, sharing and mutual respect.
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International Summit of the Great Rivers of the World: "Taking Action for Water and Climate"

The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea is organizing the International Summit on "Water and Climate ; Meeting of the Great Rivers of the World", from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Rome. This international summit is organized in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWC) and Aquamadre.

This Summit is a milestone for the preparation of the Bonn COP 23 (6-17 November 2017) and the Brasilia World Water Forum (18-23 March 2018). Its goal is to further integrate freshwater management issues into the top priorities of the international negotiations on climate change and of the Global Climate Action Agenda. It will especially focus on the need for quick action to finance projects to improve knowledge, governance, public participation and take immediate measures for water adaptation to climate change.
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UNECE Global Workshop on Water Allocation

Water allocation, which is the allocation over time of water resources between and within different sectors and for different uses, is one of the biggest challenges in water management and protection. Increasing demands on water from different sectors, growing water scarcity and climate variability have led to a rising global interest to the topic of water allocation.

The global workshop on water allocation in transboundary basins will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 16 and 17 October 2017. It will be followed by the fifth meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (18 October 2017).
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20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference | Brisbane Declaration 2.0

The Brisbane Declaration is a pioneering document on freshwater ecosystem health and human well-being. The Declaration is an output of the 10th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference that took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2007. It represents summary findings and a global action agenda that addresses the urgent need to protect rivers globally. Environmental flows (eflows) are a key component of the Brisbane Declaration. Eflows describe the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on these ecosystems.

Now, 10 years later, the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference has arrived. It will take place 18-20 September again in Brisbane, Australia. And, the first draft of the updated Brisbane Declaration 2.0 is now available for comments. Read more below.
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2nd International Conference on Water and Climate: Fostering Dialogue on the Road to COP23

Following the success of the first International Conference on Water and Climate, held in Rabat in July 2016, the World Water Council, with the support of the CoP22 Presidency as represented by the Delegate Ministry for Water of the Kingdom of Morocco, and with the collaboration of other international partners, would like to renew this experience. However, in order to be in line with the overall guidelines provided for multi-stakeholder engagement within the UNFCCC CoP23 process, this edition would be more focused in terms of numbers and types of attendees and also in terms of themes that would be evoked.

As for the past edition, the principle objective of the meeting is to mobilize and encourage a range of political, institutional, technical, and scientific stakeholders to work together so that water remains an important element of climate discussions within CoP23 in November of 2017.
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Adaptation Community Meeting: Climate Change and Health in Mozambique - Impacts and Responses

Remarkable progress is being made across Sub-Saharan Africa on public health. Child mortality, rates of stunting and incidence of diseases such as malaria and meningitis are dropping. But these gains may be lost as changes in climate and weather promote disease outbreaks and greater food insecurity. Owing to its location, demographics and geography, Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes on health resulting from changes in climate. Malaria is already widespread and poor water supply and sanitation infrastructure lead to frequent contamination of water resources during floods.

Over the past few years, the USAID-funded Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project has been examining the relationship between temperature and rainfall trends and diarrheal disease and malaria rates in Mozambique.

At the September Adaptation Community Meeting, Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist Fernanda Zermoglio will provide the latest research and findings from this work, as well as what is being done to strengthen Mozambique’s health system preparedness and response.
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Groundwater and Climate Change – Multi-Level Law and Policy Perspectives

Groundwater represents roughly 98% of available freshwater and over 2.5 billion people across the globe rely exclusively on groundwater to meet basic water needs. However, the impacts of climate change on groundwater exacerbate tension surrounding current uses, and pose a major threat for the future. Yet, groundwater law and policy primarily focus on governing use and rarely considers protection. A distinguished list of panellists will discuss this issue and debate on the safeguarding of groundwater and the integration of this resource into climate change adaptation strategies.
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Decarbonisation of water utilities- Tool for energy and carbon emission assessment

The impacts of climate change pose an increasing burden to how drinking water and wastewater utilities maintain the security of their supply and the operational performance of its infrastructure. At the same time the supply of water and the treatment of used water leads to substantial greenhouse gas emissions, caused e.g. by water loss and inefficiencies in the urban water systems.

These challenges however, can provide a window of opportunity to initiate a much needed paradigm shift towards low-energy, low-carbon and climate resilient urban water services. Drinking water and wastewater utilities can reduce their carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures, but also through reducing the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) related to wastewater treatment and discharge. Implementing improvement measures has multiple benefits as it allows utilities to reduce their operational costs, improve their service to the public and protect the environment.
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