The Bonn Climate Change Conference
is less than two weeks away. The forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3) will take place from 8 to 18 May 2017, in Bonn, Germany. The conference will cover a range of issues related to climate change adaptation as well as loss and damage. The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents in preparation for the upcoming conference. Read More...
Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.
Impact Assessment (IA) science and practice are strongly challenged by climate change. IA will contribute to ensuring that future development outcomes are not jeopardized by present-day decisions, and to identifying resilient adaptation measures to reduce and manage the adverse effects of climate change. The IAIA17 Conference
will cover the cutting edge of IA information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.
AGWA members will be attending the conference and leading a theme forum entitled "Standardizing Uncertainty: Systematic Approaches to Climate Resilience for Water Security." Read More...
In this sixth installment of its Climate Change Conference Series, the American Water Resources Associations (AWRA
) continues the dialogue from previous meetings to address the challenges we face as a Nation in understanding and responding to climate change. The Nation's capital, Washington, DC, will serve as the backdrop for the 2017 conference. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for water resources professionals working in research, management, policy and education to gather, discuss and collaborate as they shape the future of sustainable water management. It promises to be an engaging week of water resources community, conversation and connections.
The theme of this year's meeting is Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.
The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress, held under the ICLEI Africa’s Urban Leadership for African Sustainability (ULAS) programme, is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and sub-national governments across the Continent. The platform offers opportunity for engagement and strategic discussions around current on the ground solutions and emerging trends relating to Africa’s vulnerability to climate change in urban areas. LoCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities. Read More...
Vaccines. Irrigation. Cellphones. Apps. These life changing, globally accessible advancements were first created in someone’s garage, kitchen or office. The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference theme, “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts,” is based on the premise that global breakthroughs come from local action. This conference will apply that perspective to the work being done to ensure water and food security for future generations. How can lessons learned from Nebraska’s groundwater management system help farmers in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam? Can irrigation technology be scaled for smallholder farming communities around the world? How do national policies affect agriculture and water security in other regions and countries?
The 2017 global conference will feature plenary and parallel sessions to explore the research, technology and educational approaches that are advancing food and water security for our world. Read More...
The South African National Committee of the International Association of Hydrological Scientists (SANCIAHS) invites you to participate in the 2017 IAHS Scientific Assembly to be held from July 10-14 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The theme of the meeting is "Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues” which is particularly appropriate in the context of an IAHS Scientific Assembly meeting being held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa and is well aligned with the IAHS Panta Rhei.
Submission of abstracts for the various symposia and workshops is now open via the Copernicus online system
through 6 March 2017. Read More...
Green bonds have become an investment phenomena, with USD 81 billion issued in 2016 — double what we saw in 2015. This week France is in the market with its inaugural — and huge — green sovereign bond, having already kicked started a race for sovereigns with its statement of intent mid-last year (Poland just beat them to issuance). Last year it was China that powered growth, going from a standing start to being the largest green bond market by year’s end. Green bonds have now been issued everywhere from Mexico to Latvia to the Philippines.
But it’s not enough. To make a real difference to the environmental challenges we face, we will need to see a trillion dollar a year market by 2020. Will we get there? What’s the role of government? What to expect for 2017?
On 6 March, Climate Bonds Initiative will be holding the 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference in London — and the 2017 Green Bond Pioneer Awards that evening. ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and the City of London’s Green Finance Committee will be CBI's partners in hosting this event. Read More...
You are invited to the upcoming 5th International Conference on Climate Services ICCS5, taking place from 28th of February to 2nd of March in 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Overarching themes of the conference will be 'Innovation and capacity building'. The conference will bring together climate services users, providers, donors and researchers in order to exchange knowledge and to further elaborate the field of climate services. Abstracts can now be submitted for the conference under several categories. Read More...
Staggering global growth has created an urgent need for investment in water infrastructure, technology, and services in order to maintain water supply to industries and populations alike. This is the wake-up call for a significant increase in funding for the utilities sector.
Additionally, there is also huge demand for a greater understanding of operational impact of water within corporates and the business strategies required to help mitigate and manage water security in the future.Water: Risk, Opportunity and Sustainability
has been researched and developed for an international audience, which includes heads and directors from the investment sector (pension funds, SWFs, mutual funds etc), water utilities and governments, water engineering and technology providers, sustainability indices and rating agencies. Read More...
Many Arctic communities suffer from a lack of access to household water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), contributing to higher rates of communicable disease. As is true worldwide, WASH is fundamental to sustainable development and community resilience in a rapidly warming and changing region.
As part of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the United States is hosting Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH)
. International experts, practitioners, innovators, and academics will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, September 18-21, 2016 to share information, explore innovations, and forge partnerships. Read More...
The Low Carbon Resilient Development Program (LCRD), with funding by USAID, is hosting the First regional seminar on Integrated Water Resources Management and Climate Change. It is being hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Partnering for Adaptation and Resilience (PARA-Agua) Project (also funded by USAID). The event will take place in the Caribbean region of Colombia.
The aim of the event is to generate technical capacity at local level, by bringing IWRM and climate change knowledge to territories. Through presentations, games and workshops, local leaders and members of River Basin Boards will acquire essential tools to participate in the design and implementation of River Basin Management Plans
(the basis for natural resources management in Colombia). Read More...
The 14th “EUROPE-INBO 2015” international conference, organized by the "Group of European Basin Authorities for the Implementation of the European Water Directives”, will take place this October at the invitation of the French Authorities and the City of Lourdes.
Within the context created by the European Commission “Blueprint”, this meeting will be organized around a preparatory workshop and 4 roundtables dealing with the updated issues of the field Implementation of the WFD and other European Water Directives. Participants will study adaptation to climate change in the basins, especially with regard to droughts and floods, transboundary cooperation, wastewater reuse and the process of reviewing the Water Framework Directive. Read More...
The NAP Expo is an annual outreach event organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), in collaboration with various bodies and organizations, to promote exchange of experiences and foster partnerships between a wide range of actors and stakeholders on how to advance national adaptation plans (NAPs). It brings together national leaders and policymakers on NAPs, as well as representatives from the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environment facility, United Nations organizations, international organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies, regional centres and networks, as well as scientists and practitioners. Read More...
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 represent a unique opportunity to unify efforts around a shared definition of success and a set of common global goals and pathways to a more sustainable future.
In 2016, countries turn towards implementation of the SDGs and trying to identify priorities and focus joint efforts. The EU is expected to outline its approach towards SDG implementation in June 2016 including its action on reaching SDG6 goal of ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The conference will highlight the importance of the SDGs for the EU to focus on water and its cross-cutting challenges and provide examples of implementation of the SDGs that go beyond business-as-usual and bring about transformational change. Read More...
During the upcoming European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly
in Vienna, AGWA has been accepted to present on its ongoing CRIDA initiative. The General Assembly of the EGU is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 17–22 April 2016. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations.
AGWA member Ad Jeuken of Deltares will lead a portion of the session "Water Resources Management and Policy in a Changing World" on 18 April 2016. Dr. Jeuken will discuss the origin and goals of CRIDA, as well as the practical tools available at each step of the CRIDA process. The portion of the session regarding CRIDA will take place from 8:45–09:00 a.m. in Room C.
The Mexican Government, through the National Water Commission (Conagua), will accommodate the 10th World General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), from the 1st to the 4rd of June 2016 in the City of Merida, Yucatan.
The tenth edition of this Assembly will organize its work around major strategic issues to ensure the necessary implementation of programs of adaptation to great global challenges such as population growth, food and energy demand, or adaptation to the effects of climate change, in the basins of local, national and transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, which will be addressed in plenary sessions, roundtables and side events. Read More...
The International Water Association’s Young Water Professionals Conference is returning on 30th March – 1st April 2016 and registration is now open. This year, the conference will be hosted at the University of East Anglia, in the vibrant and historic city of Norwich, England.
The IWA YWP conference always has a keen focus on providing opportunities for young people to present their work. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in presenting at the conference, please visit this page
for information on how to submit a paper for consideration. The event provides a unique opportunity for academics or young water professionals to make a real impact on a professional conference, and to promote their work to key people across the industry. Abstract submissions are now due 12 February 2016. Read More...
Given the complexities of politics, management, and site specificity, an alternative to hydropower may not be feasible to meet certain energy demands. While hydropower is an efficient technology, its potentially large footprint and ability to adversely impact rivers and aquatic life require responsible monitoring and management.
The 7th World Fisheries Congress will take place 23-27 May 2016 in Busan, South Korea. FishBio is seeking presenters for the Congress who can speak about how technology can be used to help guide hydropower design and management to promote sustainable inland fisheries. Read More...
The 3rd Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty will be held in Delft, the Netherlands, on 3-5 November 2015. It seeks to foster a community of practice around decision making under deep uncertainty, in order to share new developments in methods and tools, lessons from their applications, facilitate their use in practice, and ultimately encourage sound (public or private sector) decision making. For those unable to attend, parts of the workshop will be broadcast live
on the Periscope app. Read More...
In the context established by the "Blueprint" of the European Commission, this conference will be organized around a preparatory workshop and four roundtables on the news of the practical implementation of the Framework Directive on (WFD) and other European directives on water. We will investigate in particular the means for a better integration of processes and new measures to address the critical issues that are diffuse pollution, hydromorphology, adaptation to climate change, preventing droughts and floods, the need to further mobilize the actors responsible for the implementation of actions on the ground, economic tools and financing of Programs of Measures, etc. Read More...
The 11th annual IGWCO COP meeting will be held at the ESSIC Center on the University of Maryland College Park Campus on June 10 to 12, 2015. All IGWCO COP members are invited to come as are the many more experts on water and Earth observations who are interested in the topics addressed by GEO Water and IGWCO. This meeting will be an important event for transitioning water activities from the current GEO work plan to the new GEO Work Plan. Read More...
The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will take place on 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The governments of the Netherlands, Colombia, and Japan are building a Delta Coalition, an initiative to bring together governments and other stakeholders to focus on river deltas. During the Conference there will be a side event on "Building an International Coalition for Integrated Delta Management and Resilience" on 16 March 2015. Read More...
Uncertainties in climate, population, land use, biodiversity, and infrastructure continue to pose enormous interdisciplinary challenges to our ability to effectively manage our water resources. UCOWR, CUAHSI, and NIWR invite you and your colleagues to join leading water managers, educators, researchers, and other professionals from across the country to the joint conference of these national organizations to address some of the most compelling and important challenges facing our profession. Read More...
Climate adaptation must be founded on firm technical information, but the state of the science is still evolving. As a result, leaders and policy makers often struggle with translating information produced by the scientific community for use in robust decision-making. This American Water Resources Association (AWRA) specialty conference is about ACTION - how we respond, build resilient systems, and influence decision makers. Read More...
On 19-21 May 2015, the International Hydropower Association will host the world's most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers and professionals in Beijing, China. The 5th World Hydropower Congress will bring together top players and organisations involved in hydropower operation and development around the world, to discuss and debate strategy for the sector over the next 35 years. Read More...
The second European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA) will take place in Copenhagen, 12–14 May 2015. The conference will offer a unique platform for researchers, policy makers, and businesses to share new research results, novel policy developments, and practical implementation experiences regarding climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as highlight opportunities for business innovations aimed at supporting the transition to resilient low carbon societies. Read More...
The Third International Workshop on Instream Flows will take place in Portland, Oregon on April 28-30, 2015. As our knowledge of aquatic ecosystem processes has grown so has the expectation that this knowledge can provide certainty about outcomes when protecting environmental values in rivers and lakes. Participants in this workshop will learn strategies that integrate legal and policy elements with traditional and new scientific methods to successfully manage real and perceived uncertainty for a range of biological, institutional, hydrologic, and geographic settings. Read More...
This WWF7 Thematic Session (1.3.6) focuses the effects of climate change from a basin-wide perspective. Examples of basins working on climate change adaptation are provided, including work supported by the UNECE Water Convention and INBO, IUCN, and others. It culminates in a collection of lessons learned and good practices in transboundary basin management.Date:
Monday, April 13Time:
17:00-19:00 (GMT +09:00)Venue:
EXCO (building) – third floor
Room DEC_310 (Room 324)
Daegu, South Koreahttp://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/program/program.asp?program_seq=531Coordinator:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)Co-Coordinator:
International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), Wageningen University, AGWA Read More...
This WWF7 Thematic Session (1.3.4) focuses on disaster risk prevention as compared to crisis management, which is more common in most countries. Emphasis is given to the Netherlands' approach through its Dutch Delta Programme. Other approaches are explored and examined for their strengths and shortcomings.Date:
Thursday, April 16Time:
14:40-16:40 (GMT +09:00)Venue:
EXCO (building) – third floor
DEC_310 (Room 324)
Daegu, South Koreahttp://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/program/program.asp?program_seq=529Coordinator:
Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre (Alterra)Co-Coordinator:
Deltares, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, AGWA Read More...
This WWF7 Side Event (SE 00194) will explore some of the most important questions facing the water sector. Topics will include: science and technology, risk, policy, and future trends.Date:
Tuesday, April 14Time:
13:30-14:30 (GMT +09:00) Venue:
EXCO (building) – third floor
DEC_311 - (Room 325AC)
Daegu, South Koreahttp://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/program/program.asp?program_seq=385Coordinator:
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) Read More...
This WWF7 Thematic Session (1.3.5) will seek to engage the panel and audience in a discussion on emerging issues and new solutions that enable the practical implementation of climate adaptation of water resources.Date:
Monday, April 13Time:
14:40-16:40 (GMT +09:00)Venue:
EXCO (building) – third floor
DEC_310 – (Room 324)
Daegu, South Koreahttp://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/program/program.asp?program_seq=530Coordinator:
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)Co-Coordinator:
United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture - International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO - IHP) Read More...
This Theme of WWF7 falls under the Pillar of “Water Security for All.” Theme 1.3 specifically addresses “Adapting to Change: Managing Risks and Uncertainty for Resilience and Disaster Preparedness.” Throughout the week there will be many individual Thematic Sessions addressing this topic and its associated challenges. Read More...
This meeting is organized with potential partners to discuss and design activities within the framework of the project “Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, Asia and Americas”. The framework and objectives of the project will be presented and partnership mechanisms and ideas for potential joint projects will be discussed and developed. The inception meeting will contribute to UNESCO’s IHP-VIII (2014-2021) Phase entitled “Water Security: responses to local, regional and global challenges”. Read More...
The side event will aim to build recognition of the links between climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, while focusing on water resource management as an essential denominator for integrated strategies.Date:
Wednesday, December 10 Time:
Room Caral (130)ORGANISERS
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), France (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), UNESCO-IHP, and Leadership for Environment and Development, Pakistan (LEAD)CO-ORGANISERS
Sweden, the French Water Partnership (FWP) the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the National Water Authority of Peru (ANA), Servicio National de Meterología e Hidrología del Peru (SENAMHI), International Water Association (IWA), Conservation International (CI), Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), National Water Commission Mexico (Conagua) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Read More...
This side event will showcase the critical role water plays in both the adaptation and mitigation of climate change, including as a link between these efforts.Date:
Saturday, December 6 Time: 13:00-15:00Venue:
Room 68, European PavilionORGANIZERS
SIWI, UNESCO-IHP, FWP, Sweden, France, GWP, UNECE Read More...
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...
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. Read More...
The Greater Lyon Authority, the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the Rhône-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and EDF, in partnership with the World Water Council, the French Water Partnership, the GRAIE and SHF organize on 29, 30, 31 October 2014 in Lyon, an international conference on: Water and Energy interactions : strategic challenges to territorial development. Read More...