The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Science to Impact: SERVIR’s Service Planning Toolkit

After over a decade delivering on SERVIR’s goal of bringing space to village, SERVIR faces many of the key challenges that plague research for development initiatives. These challenges include making certain that research is meeting genuine needs and is demand driven; connecting and tailoring information for relevant real-world decisions; avoiding redundancy; and ensuring SERVIR outputs have proper handoffs, capacity transfers, and incentives for sustainability. After ten years of learning, SERVIR captured these lessons in a “Service Planning Toolkit” to help the program and its partners design sustainable services that maximize SERVIR’s investments for development impact.

Join the organizers for a webinar that will provide an overview of the SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit, examples of toolkit implementation from partner institutions, and a discussion of broader applications for those working in the field of research for development.
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Entry points for mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation

The Global Project Mainstreaming EbA is delighted to invite you to the free and public webinar - Entry points for mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation: The cases of Peru and South Africa. The event is part of a series of webinars of the International EbA Community of Practice.
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Advanced Webinar: Radar Remote Sensing for Land, Water, & Disaster Applications

A limitation of optical satellite remote sensing is that it depends on cloudless, well-illuminated areas to produce quality data. This is especially problematic for collecting data during nighttime or when there is cloud cover. Radar is an ideal sensor to study the surface of the Earth because of its ability to “see” through clouds regardless of day or night conditions. In addition, the radar signal can penetrate through the vegetation canopy and provide information about conditions underneath, such as flooding. Techniques such as interferometry can track surface deformation on the order centimeters, such as ground movement caused by earthquakes.

This webinar series builds on ARSET's previous webinar: Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar. The training will focus on different radar approaches and techniques including amplitude, time-series, polarimetry, and interferometry for mapping and monitoring disasters and land cover. Attendees will apply these techniques to map land cover and land use change, deforestation, flooding, crop monitoring, and surface deformation for earthquake monitoring.
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Managing for climate risk: Approaches and perspectives from the World Bank, USAID, International Finance Corporation and Inter-American Development Bank

A changing and more variable climate, bringing with it increasingly frequent, longer and more severe droughts, heat waves, floods and extreme weather events, is putting the most vulnerable populations at higher risk of disease, displacement, and loss of livelihoods. Climate change also threatens to undermine development interventions aimed at improving the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations. To improve resilience to both current and future climate, as well as safeguard development gains, several leading organizations within the international development community have implemented processes to manage climate risk at various levels from high-level country strategies to specific project activities.

At the June Adaptation Community Meeting, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank will come together to discuss each organization’s current and emerging approaches to climate risk management. The discussion will highlight each organization’s approach, initiatives to track and assess the effectiveness of climate risk management, lessons learned, and ideas for the future.
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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

As part of the Water Youth Network's role as Global Focal Point for SDG 6 within UN-MGCY, the Network will organise a second webinar on Water-Energy-Food Nexus on June 11th. The webinar will be led by Mr. Bassel Daher. Through this, participants will learn lessons that would result in revisiting and refining our approaches for addressing complex resource hotspots based on case studies, thus enabling us to more effectively work toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Resilient Cities, Robust Water Management: Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Making cities resilient in a time of rapid urbanization is difficult enough, but quickening climate change, how do we manage growth while also creating resilient cities? Urban areas are caught between the struggle to maintain existing services while also expanding basic services for new residents and shifting needs. Climate change exacerbates these issues. Climate impacts are both accelerating and evolving in their expression. Past climate is no longer an effective predictor of emerging conditions, especially for long-lived parts of the landscape such as infrastructure. As a result, increasing uncertainties about future climate and urban growth make the work of planners and decision makers far more challenging to build or upgrade new energy, water supply and treatment, and drought and flood structures, as well as negotiate resource management with other cities and farmers. Are we doomed to a state of ever-heightening crisis?

Beginning about 2009, several teams — the World Bank, Deltares, the Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Ministry, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst — began experimenting with a series of new approaches to deal with high-uncertainty issues such as rapid demographic change and climate change in which risk tolerance was low and quantitative frameworks were necessary. More recently, a global consortium funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Resilience Shift and led by Arup have been working to create an overarching framework that links high-level urban decision makers and technical and operational concerns. In most of these programs, water resources management plays a key role, given the volatility of the water cycle to climate impacts and the cross-sectoral nature of water resources and water threats.

In this webinar, John Matthews, PhD, of AGWA: The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, will discuss these new approaches, the development of a set of next generation tools, and the global application and integration of these tools to urban sustainability.
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Climate Adaptation and Wildfire Detection, Monitoring, and Mitigation

In some areas, fire seasons are getting longer, and droughts are becoming more frequent and severe. This July, NASA ARSET is offering an online training focused on satellite remote sensing tools useful for local fire managers. Participants will learn how to identify active fires, visualize fire emissions, and calculate burn severity.
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A Deeper Blue for Green Bonds: Water Investment Criteria for Nature-based Solutions

Join this webinar to hear about the newly launched water criteria focused on nature-based solutions for green bonds. The criteria have been undergoing staged development by the Climate Bonds Initiative, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA-supported by the Stockholm International Water Institute), Ceres, CDP, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and international experts. The criteria are for potential green bond issuers and investors. They help define and evaluate low carbon and climate resilient water infrastructure projects encompassing two broad components: 1) climate mitigation and 2) climate adaptation/resilience.
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Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Development Results

Nature provides ecological services such as clean air and water, biodiversity, and food. It can also help people adapt to weather and climate impacts -- an idea known as "ecosystem-based adaptation" (EbA). Around the world, governments, development agencies, civil society, and local communities are increasingly adopting a range of conservation and natural resource management strategies that build up human resilience to climate hazards. Drawing on these experiences, USAID is completing a suite of resources on ecosystem-based adaptation that feature evidence summaries and case studies for applying these approaches to achieve development goals across sectors like agriculture, water, and disaster risk reduction. This session will highlight key messages from these resources as well as examples of EbA projects and approaches in the USAID context, while encouraging dialogue among participants about the use of EbA in their own work.
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Climate Change and Adaptive Water Management: Innovative Solutions from the Global South

This webinar builds on the special issue of Water International on "Climate change and adaptive water management: innovative solutions from the global South", produced in close collaboration with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). It will present several projects supported by IDRC on water and climate change adaptation in developing countries. Recognising future water concerns, many IDRC projects aim to measure, build, and understand the resilience and adaptation of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods in climate change hot spots in Asia and Africa: semi-arid regions, deltas, and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.
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Green Talks LIVE - Financing water: Investing in sustainable growth

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a historic scaling up of investment in water. The benefits from strategic investment in water security could exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually by delivering valuable water services and reducing risks of flood and drought. To date, a strong economic case for water-related investment has failed to translate into a compelling financing case at scale globally.

What policies and financing approaches can help to unlock investment and mobilise additional sources of capital? How to ensure that financing flows to investments that contribute most to water security and sustainable growth?

Join Haje Schütte of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, Xavier Leflaive and Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate, and Ms. Esther Delbourg, Head of Responsible Insurance at AXA, to discuss the challenges of financing water, innovative solutions and ways forward to accelerate action. The presentation will draw on emerging messages from The Roundtable on Financing Water.
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Nature for Water | World Water Day Webinar

World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22nd. It is a day to focus attention on the key importance of our planet’s freshwater resources and to push for greater recognition of their sustainable management. IWRA's "Nature for Water" webinar explores nature-based solutions for current water issues. From droughts to floods and personal water insecurity to region-wide water security tensions, this year’s World Water Day theme is a call to understand and explore the role of nature in addressing and solving our water issues.
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Finance options and instruments for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Experiences with global and national funds

The BMUB-IKI funded global project Mainstreaming EbA, implemented by GIZ invites you to join the upcoming webinar "Finance options and instruments for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Experiences with global and national funds." This session is part of a series of webinar organized by GIZ for the international EbA Community of Practice.
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Addressing Gaps in Climate Services for Agriculture: The AgMetGaps Project

When a farmer makes decisions about what to plant, when to plant and how to care for her crop, her observations regarding weather and climate from the past year are not necessarily a good indication of what is likely happen this year. Climate services such as seasonal climate forecasts connected to crop simulation models or other types of decision support approaches (e.g. participatory roundtables) adapted to the farmer’s specific context have the potential to facilitate decision-making in communities confronting increasing climate variability and climate change.

While climate services have the potential to support agricultural decision-making, their effectiveness and suitability can vary substantially from one site to another. Given limited resources and a multitude of potential investment priorities, it is extremely important to approach investment in climate services in a systematic way that is both demand driven and has high potential for success.

Join the next Adaptation Community Meeting to hear from USAID adaptation advisor Kevin Coffey and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) senior scientist Steven Prager on USAID's investments and strategies for climate services, specifically the work of the AgMetGaps project.
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Communities to Landscapes: Multi-scale Approach to Climate Adaptation in Nepal

Many communities in Nepal rely on forests and subsistence agriculture for food and income, and ecosystems for water supplies and protection from disasters. That dependence is threatened by increasing climate variability and longer-term change. Already, farming and water supplies are affected in many areas, and more extreme rainfall events are exacerbating flood and landslide risk.

The USAID/Nepal-funded Hariyo Ban (Green Forests) Program is using an integrated approach to address the multi-faceted challenges climate change poses to livelihoods and biodiversity. The February 15th Adaptation Community Meeting will feature Judy Oglethorpe, former Chief of Party for Hariyo Ban, who will share the importance of working at multiple scales (from community to landscapes) as well as within various political and ecological spheres to achieve positive adaptation outcomes.
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How Can You Engage with the Talanoa Dialogue? Stepping Up Climate Action in 2018

The first effort to assess collective action to achieve the Paris Agreement has officially begun with the opening of a new online portal for the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue. You are invited to a webinar discussion focused on engagement strategies for non-state actors in the Talanoa Dialogue process.
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Water Governance Principles Webinar

Next week the IWRA and OECD will host a joint webinar on the OECD Water Governance Principles. These were designed to provide time and scale specific directions for governments to address present and future water concerns. The Water Governance Principles allow governments and the broader range of stakeholders to draft and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies. This webinar will explore places and ways that these principles contribute to robust water governance.
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Improving Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change Through Conflict Resolution: Lessons from Ethiopia

In recent decades, arid and semi-arid rangelands in the Horn of Africa have experienced the effects of two related threats: 1) increasingly frequent and severe droughts amplified by climate change, and 2) outbreaks of conflict among pastoralist groups whose access to natural resources has been squeezed by population growth, land development, administrative boundaries, rangeland degradation, and erratic and extreme weather. Development practitioners are giving increasing attention to the idea that collaborative community activities, focused on building key institutional relationships, may contribute to conflict prevention, and that lower levels of conflict can provide the opportunity to enhance the scope and quality of climate adaptation.

The January 18th Adaptation Community Meeting will feature Jeffrey Stark, a conflict and climate change specialist, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of addressing the climate-conflict nexus in programming. Mr. Stark will specifically speak to lessons learned from a recent assessment he conducted of the USAID-funded Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience (PCCSR) pilot project. This project, which ran from 2014 to 2017, endeavored to reverse patterns of pastoral conflict over natural resources in several districts in southern Ethiopia.
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International Public Finance for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process

Significant financing is needed throughout the entire NAP process, but especially within its implementation phase. The international community has established several multilateral funds—both under and outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—that can finance aspects of the NAP process. Multilateral development banks are a further option for financing NAP processes. This webinar will explore these options, with presentations on adaptation finance available through the Green Climate Fund and insights into Ethiopia’s experience accessing international public finance.
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Methods and tools to support the implementation of EbA in the agricultural sectors

Join FAO for the second webinar of the module on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Agricultural Sectors of the “Scaling-up of Adaptation in the Agricultural Sectors” (SAAS) webinar series. The first webinar of the module introduced ecosystem-based management approaches of natural resources, in the context of climate change adaptation, through case study experiences from watershed management and agroecology. For those that were unable to join last time, please find the presentations from the first webinar here.

The second webinar of the EbA in the Agricultural Sectors module will introduce methods and tools that can support the planning and implementation of the ecosystem-based management of natural resources in the context of climate change adaptation.
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Shaping the Global Climate Action Agenda for Resilience - What's next after COP23?

COP23 is now finished, but what do the outcomes mean for the global Climate Action Agenda on Resilience? Experts Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre) and Saleemul Huq (IIED) will shed a light! Join this webinar and ask your questions, or learn from others.
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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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Webinar on Approaches to assessment, tracking and modelling the Source-to-Sea interactions

UN Environment-DHI and the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management (S2S Platform) have jointly developed a series of webinars focusing on the source-to-sea management.

You can now register for the final session in our S2S series, Webinar #5: Approaches to assessment, tracking and modelling the Source-to-Sea interactions via following LINK. The four presenters of this final session will be exploring some interesting options for the measurement and management of water from Source-to-Sea.
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USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Scaling Up Climate Services: Lessons from East Africa

Effectively scaling up climate services requires solid investment in observations, usable climate data, the development of demand–driven products, and the tools to use processed data. One-off climate service pilots are important to test new ideas, but a more strategic approach is needed to reach scale.

USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project brought together key partners including national meteorological and hydrological services (NHMS), the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC), FEWS NET/USGS, and Tetra Tech to develop demand-driven tools to develop and improve East African climate services.

This month's Adaptation Community Meeting will highlight the experience working with these partners.
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Adaptive Delta Management Webinar

Delta regions and coastal cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change, rising sea levels, and growing populations. Planning infrastructure and policy, therefore, requires visualizing future pressures on infrastructure and environment. This tough task is made even more difficult by the fact that delta ecosystems are inherently dynamic and uncertain. Moreover, economic and/or environmental priorities do not always align with adaptation measures.

An upcoming webinar will discuss Adaptive Delta Management (ADM), a dynamic approach to assessing climate change impacts and planning adaptation measures. ADM is configured for dealing with uncertainties, linking current decision making to future choices. Although its prime focus is on delta areas, the approach can be applied beyond deltas.
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SDG 6 Global Indicators - Transboundary Cooperation

This week UNECE and UNESCO will be holding technical webinars on SDG indicator 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation.” The webinars will explain the rationale behind indicator 6.5.2 and the methodology for monitoring it, and participants will have the opportunity to pose any questions they may have. They are expected to be particularly useful for the national administrations who are responsible for reporting on indicator 6.5.2.

The webinars are offered as part of the 2017 baseline process of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. They'll be offered in three languages (see below).
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Adaptation Community Meeting: Strengthening Adaptation Planning in Mozambican Coastal Cities

Mozambique’s coastline, which houses more than half of the country’s population of 26 million, is facing more frequent and severe storms and flooding, magnified by sea level rise and coastal erosion. The USAID-funded Mozambique Coastal City Adaptation Project (CCAP) is working with two vulnerable cities along Mozambique’s coastline to improve their municipal planning processes and adapt to climate change.

At this month's Adaptation Community Meeting, CCAP's Chief of Party, Maria Olanda Bata, will discuss the project's work assisting the development of local adaptation plans (Planos Locais de Adaptação - PLAs) for two coastal municipalities in Mozambique. PLAs determine the municipalities’ priorities for addressing anticipated impacts and identify the action needed.
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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood and Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: The challenges and experiences in developing multi-objective basin plans, May 17th.
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What (is) next for Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation?

This webinar will focus on the progress made in recent years on the topic of ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). It will discuss the advances on the policy front by considering the perspectives of the climate change, DRR, sustainable development and conservation communities. It will also discuss advances on the scientific front and give examples of implementation activities on the ground. In order to do this, examples and/or debates on the approaches from Japan (tsunami context), and from coastal erosion in Indonesia will be considered. Finally, ideas emanating from various fora on what the next steps are to accelerate the uptake of Eco-DRR/CCA approaches globally will be presented.
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Vertical Integration in NAP Processes: Linking national and sub-national adaptation planning

Another installment of the NAP Global Network's webinar series is coming up later this month. This event will focus on efforts of countries to link national and sub-national adaptation. One of the two objectives of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process is to integrate climate change adaptation into new and existing development planning across sectors and levels. This webinar will explore approaches to vertical integration—the process of creating intentional and strategic linkages between national and sub-national adaptation planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation (M&E).
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USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Preparing Africa for extreme climate events – the role of the African Risk Capacity

Please join the Adaptation Community Meeting on April 20 for a discussion on African Risk Capacity.

African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a sovereign insurance pool and early disaster response mechanism owned and governed by its African Member States. ARC helps its Member States to take the lead on disaster response by bringing together three elements: early warning, contingency planning and insurance. In order to participate in ARC, Member States must customize ARC’s early warning software Africa RiskView for their country context; identify and quantify their weather risk and what to transfer through insurance; and define a pre-agreed contingency plan in the event of ARC insurance payouts. Governments can then access immediate funds for early responses in the case of a natural disaster. Reducing the time it takes for assistance to reach those affected through early, nationally-led response reduces costs and the reliance on international appeals for assistance over time, but, more importantly, it saves the lives and livelihoods of those affected. Together ARC countries are catalyzing an essential paradigm shift in the humanitarian landscape to anticipatory, nationally-owned responses to natural disasters, but also providing an opportunity for donors, humanitarian organizations and private sector actors to reinforce the government-led risk management system they are building and to define a new way of responding to predictable natural disasters. Read More...

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Discussion on the International Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that, every four years, the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) "prepare and submit to the President and Congress" an assessment that summarizes the effects from global change on the U.S. The fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) is due in 2018. For the first time, the NCA will include a chapter on climate impacts on U.S. international interests. This international chapter will look at climate impacts on U.S. interests abroad including trade, security, development and humanitarian assistance investments, and scientific research.

Join on April 6, 2017 for a special edition of the Adaptation Community Meeting with the author team of the NCA international chapter. The authors will share plans and invite input on the content of the chapter.
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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Water Safety Plans – a risk management approach from catchment to consumer, March 15th. Read More...

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: ADVANCE - Adaptation for Development and Conservation: Lessons Learned from the field

At USAID's March Adaptation Community Meeting Ryan Bartlett, Senior Specialist for Climate Resilience at WWF, will give an overview of ADVANCE, a partnership between WWF and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) that aims to provide new ways of generating and integrating climate risk information into conservation and development planning. Read More...

UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Drought early warning and assessment, experiences from Africa, February 28th.
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Online Information Session for Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) brings together professionals and graduate students from across the world to establish connections, enhance leadership skills and learn from experts on timely, relevant topics in today's changing world. This two-week session will feature a course that is part of our AGWA-U initiative. Anyone who would like to find out more about the NRLA, the classes offered, the instructors, or registration details should attend the upcoming information session.
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Blue Carbon Ecosystems – what’s included, what’s not and why

With increasing recognition of the role natural systems have in climate mitigation, where should management initiatives focus? While forest have historically had the spotlight of such efforts, coastal wetland ecosystems are now considered important and effective long-term carbon sinks. This attention to “blue carbon” habitats has sparked interest in including other marine systems, such as coral reefs, phytoplankton, kelp forests, and marine fauna.

In this webinar, authors of a recently published paper – Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation (Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Feb. 2017) – analyze the scientific evidence and potential management role of several coastal and marine ecosystems to determine which should be prioritized within current climate mitigation strategies and policies. Findings can assist decision-makers and conservation practitioners to understand where management actions can have additional carbon benefits.
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Launch of “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions”

The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, with the support of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) will launch \ the “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions.” Launched in December 2015, RegionsAdapt is the first global initiative to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation.

Reporting data annually through the risks and adaptation section of CDP´s states and regions platform represents one of the three commitments RegionsAdapt members agree to when joining the initiative. Thus, the “RegionsAdapt 2016 Report” is the first to reflect on the level of ambition shown by regional governments in their adaptation strategies. Join this webinar to discover general trends about the risks from climate change and to learn how much our members are engaged on climate action.
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Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) Disaster Preparedness Training

Up-to-date and accessible information is essential to providing an effective, coordinated response to disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tropical storms. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) provides near real-time data, alerts, and impact assessments that can be accessed online. ARSET is offering a webinar on the GDACS system this February. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations in the public and private sectors involved in disaster management. In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use GDACS to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events. Read More...

New UNEP-DHI Water Webinar Series on Flood and Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is launching a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

Flood and Drought Management webinar series will give an insight into the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting flood and drought management at all scales - from basin to catchment, to water utility and industry levels. Presentations will cover a broad range of technical tools, emerging technology advances, as well as practical experiences in applying these tools and technologies in basins and water utilities.
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USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting: The Role of Decentralized Governance in Climate Change Adaptation

Does local-level adaptation to climate change benefit from the devolution of decision-making and resource control to the local level? This question is of increasing relevance as the pressures of global climate change challenge livelihood outcomes. For the January Adaptation Community Meeting, Dr. Tim Finan and Dr. Mamadou Baro of the University of Arizona share the results of a research case study from rural Mali, where a system of decentralized governance was introduced almost three decades ago.
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What Makes Urban Deltas Resilient?

With increasing pressure from population growth, urbanization, industrialization and a changing climate, it is more important than ever that Deltas, given their valuable and vulnerable locations, increase their resilience to changing conditions.

A key aspect of urban delta areas’ resilience is spatial planning and design. Examples from across the world show consensus about the need for adaptive planning that provides room for the natural dynamics of rivers and sea, instead of trying to control these dynamics completely. Another recurring challenge is the need to balance the demands of urban development with the necessity to protect the natural environment of the area. These topics will be discussed throughout the webinar. Read More...

Assessing national adaptation in light of the Paris Agreement

The webinar will present the Guidebook for national adaptation M&E systems, developed in collaboration with the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. This guidebook provides orientation for the development of (sub)national adaptation M&E systems. It takes a step-by-step approach, providing reference to existing approaches and practical examples at each step. The guidebook serves as supplementary material to the UNFCCC NAP Technical Guidelines established by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG). Read More...

UNEP-DHI Water Webinar Series: Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management

The concluding Water Innovation Webinars session this year will focus on Green Infrastructure (GI) in support of SDGs and climate resilience. Presenters from IUCN, Forest Trends and DHI will share their experiences in GI planning and implementation. Amongst others, examples will include inter-disciplinary knowledge, tools and approaches to ensure that nature is considered alongside built infrastructure, methods for evaluating economic benefits of GI investments, and technical tools for including GI in urban stormwater management planning. Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Applications of Remote Sensing to Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration

ARSET is offering its first webinar series focused exclusively on soil moisture and evapotranspiration. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for decision and policy-making activities.

Previous ARSET trainings focused on water resources have mainly addressed remote sensing measurements of precipitation and their applications. But precipitation is only one component of the water cycle. NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission is now providing new soil moisture data, and modeling frameworks are providing new evapotranspiration data. This webinar series will help attendees learn about NASA soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them for water resource management. Over the course of five weeks, attendees will learn how to monitor and manage water resources with techniques learned in training. The series will begin with an introduction to satellite missions and useful data sets. Next, trainers will demonstrate online portals for accessing data. The series will conclude with specific examples of how you can apply the data and modeled data products. Read More...

SDGs and Water – Innovative approaches to capacity building to achieve the targets

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. Topics of the upcoming sessions will, amongst others, cover using Earth Observations for improved water data, Serious Games in water education, modelling tools for managing floods and droughts, tools for development of Smart Cities, and Green infrastructure solutions for climate change adaptation. Read More...

Geomorphic & Climatic Controls on Water Temperature & Streambed Scour, Copper R. Delta, AK

Geomorphic & Climatic Controls on Water Temperature & Streambed Scour, Copper River Delta, AK: Implications for Understanding Climate Change Impacts to the Pacific Salmon Egg Incubation Environment

Climatic changes are projected to impact Pacific Salmon egg incubation by increasing the magnitude and frequency of winter floods and by raising water temperatures. More powerful and more frequent winter floods could reduce the survival of salmon eggs by increasing streambed scour. Projected increases in water temperature may accelerate embryo development, impacting juvenile viability.

Researchers collected water temperature and stream stage data year-round and surveyed channel geometry at salmon spawning reaches on the Copper River Delta, a large coastal foreland in South-central Alaska. They calculated streambed scour and compared water temperatures during climatological mean and anomalously warm incubation periods to elucidate potential climate change impacts.

Join us by attending this free online webinar to learn more about climate change impacts on riverine systems and Pacific Salmon. Read More...

Adapting Rwanda’s economy to a changing climate

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Future Climate for Africa are hosting a public event on "Adapting Rwanda’s economy to a changing climate." The event will take place at ODI's offices in London, but people can participate either in person or through an online simulcast.

Climate change is already under way and set to continue for the next few decades, even as countries take action to tackle its longer-term effects. With the mercury rising and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, drought and heavy rains becoming more common, climate change is a development issue now. Developing countries that depend heavily on farming, fishing and forestry are especially vulnerable. Rwanda is such a case: its lucrative tea and coffee sectors employ millions of people. Hear from expert panelists on these urgent issues facing Rwanda and other developing countries. Read More...

Green Bonds Update from China & India: The very latest reports from Climate Bonds in these growing markets

Climate Bonds representatives have just returned from attending the Green Finance Committee Annual Conference in Beijing and rounds of high level meetings in Mumbai and Delhi. In each centre, climate finance, green bonds and infrastructure investment were high on the agenda at conferences, roundtables and green finance meetings.

This webinar is your chance to hear first-hand from Climate Bonds on the latest market trends, policy developments and green bond directions in China & India. This will be followed by an extended Q&A session.

A special update will be given in preparation for the inaugural Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition (GIIC) India Forum scheduled for 30th June at the London Stock Exchange. Read More...

Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with THE ACADEMY is launching a series of webinars focusing on innovative approaches in water management relevant to closing the gap on targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the SDG6 on Water and Sanitation.

This session will focus on the role the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will play in shaping water management practices in the decades to come. Presenters will introduce targets (and proposed indicators) under the Water and Sanitation Goal 6, and will reflect on the interlinkages between Goal 6 and other SDGs. In addition, this session will address the means of implementation, including data collection and capacity building needs in countries. The concluding presentation will have a closer look at the regional processes, through the example of The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) Monitoring and Reporting System for the Water Sector in Africa. Read More...

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Assessment of farming practices in two territories of Central America

The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership invites you to the next webinar in its webinar series. Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, this webinar will focus on climate-smart agriculture.

Climate-smart Agriculture is an approach to develop the technical, policy and investment conditions to promote a sustainable agricultural development that contributes to food security in the context of climate change. To apply this approach it is important to develop support frameworks to facilitate the identification of best practice portfolios and prioritize investments.

This webinar will present the "Framework for prioritizing investment in climate-smart agriculture" a methodological tool developed by the CCAFS-CIAT and adapted by CATIE in order to apply in two Central American territories where the Mesoamerican Agro- environmental Program (MAP) operates. This tool allows for the identification and evaluation of technically and economically promising practices of climate-smart agriculture, and building portfolios with best practices selected by key players through participatory processes. The webinar will be held in Spanish. Read More...

CDKN Webinar: Natural Hazard Risks for Infrastructure in El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, with 69% of its 6 million people living in cities. The highly degraded state of the natural resources means that El Salvador is one of the least self-sufficient countries in terms of food security, and it is also recognised as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, with 90% of the territory located in areas of high risk to natural disasters (UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination, 2010).

In response to a request by the Government of El Salvador, CDKN and its partners aim to identify the risks presented by a range of natural hazards on the key infrastructure in the country. Their goal is to develop a national framework for infrastructure risk assessment using the best available information, produce initial estimates of the level of risk, and support the development of a sustainable collaboration across agencies responsible for infrastructure to further develop and refine the framework and estimates for use within core development policy analysis and decision making. Join them in this webinar to learn more about the initial results of this project and the implications going forward. Read More...

Climate Change Impacts on Gulf of Alaska Hydrology and Freshwater Discharge

The Conservation Biology Institute (Oregon, USA) is organizing a webinar entitled "Climate Change Impacts on Gulf of Alaska Hydrology and Freshwater Discharge" taking place in early April. Jordan Beamer, an Oregon State University PhD WRE candidate, will present his modeling studies of the impacts of climate change on freshwater resources along the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) coastline. His work has quantified the increases in coastal freshwater discharge (FWD) that can occur due to increases in precipitation and temperature and decreases in glacier cover. Read More...

NASA ARSET Training - Advanced Webinar on Remote Sensing for Flood Management

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program invites you to attend online training through its Advanced Webinar on Using NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management. The free course is offered through four 1-hour sessions, each Wednesday from March 16 - April 6, 2016. Each session will be held two times a day to allow for international participation from different times zones.

This webinar will provide demonstrations and hands-on experience in using NASA remote sensing observations and flood mapping tools useful for flood management. Participants will learn to access rainfall, streamflow, and surface inundation extent data for regional flood cases. In addition, participants will learn to access digital elevation and terrain data, as well as socioeconomic data, to facilitate flood risk assessment and post-flood relief planning using a GIS framework. Attendees will learn how to use NASA remote sensing data for flood management from planning pre-flood monitoring to post-flood relief activities. Read More...

How to get freshwater in coastal areas? Tackling salinity and climate change in Bangladesh and The Netherlands

Due to sea-level rise and reduced upstream flow, saltwater intrusion into freshwater sources has expanded rapidly in southwest Bangladesh. Due to climate change and increased use of water upstream, the intrusion is only going to increase. This has grave implications on drinking water quality. Salinization of freshwater sources means that salt intake of communities in coastal Bangladesh is very high. This is turning into a serious public health issue with an increasing number of people (especially pregnant women) at risk from high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. During this free webinar, speakers will discuss the effects of climate change in these regions while outlining beneficial adaptation options going forward.

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How Temperature and Precipitation Trends Have Affected Mountain Hydrology and Ecology

Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) invites you to participate in a free webinar on the changes in mountain hydrology due to temperature and precipitation trends. The speaker will use the example of the Northwest United States to examine the broader effects of temp and precip changes on floods, snowpack, and wildfires. Read More...

ACM Series: Connecting Freshwater Knowledge to Climate Practice

As part of USAID's ongoing ACM Series, AGWA Secretariat Coordinator John Matthews will be presenting on the important cross-sectoral role of water management in effective climate change adaptation. This presentation in Washington, D.C. is open to the public, or interested parties can participate online via the live webinar broadcast. Read More...

Crises, Water and Refugees

Currently, we are facing record breaking numbers of refugees and internally displaced people. Forced by violence and conflict, 38 million people around the world had to leave their homes and lived in displacement within the borders of their own country by the end of last year (UNHCR, global trends report 2015). In total almost 60 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide.

This final webinar of 2015 for thewaterchannel.tv will bring in speakers to discuss their experiences in Darfur and Jordan, covering issues surrounding setting up water supply infrastructure and other challenges facing refugee camps.
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What does climate resilience mean for the hydropower sector?

Future changes in temperature and precipitation are likely to have impacts, not only on individual hydropower projects but across entire water and energy systems. Developers, investors, governments and other stakeholders involved in hydropower need to make decisions to ensure that both infrastructure and systems are resilient to a range of possible future conditions. Read More...

Water Resources Management using NASA Earth Science Data

NASA is hosting a webinar series comprised of five 1-hour sessions on 13, 20, 27 October and 3, 10 November 2015. Each session will be held two times a day to allow national and international participation from different time zones ( 10-11 AM and 2-3 PM Eastern US time).

Objectives:

To provide 1) information about availability and access to global freshwater data for applications in drought and agricultural management, flooding and reservoir management from NASA remote sensing observations and land-atmosphere models and 2) GIS-based analysis of regional water budget for applications in water resources management. Read More...

New Tools to Measure Environmental Benefits of Watershed Restoration

Join this online webinar and explore new tools to measure and track the environmental benefits from watershed conservation and restoration projects. The main focus will be the StreamBank® BasinScout suite of tools, which are used to coarsely survey large landscapes and watersheds to estimate the potential for different types of environmental benefits and to prioritize restoration actions. Read More...

An Introduction to CRAVe: A Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability

The Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe) is a new web-based community resource that houses information on assessments of the vulnerability of various natural and human resources to a changing climate. Vulnerability assessments are important for identifying resources that are most likely to be affected by climate change and providing insights on why certain resources are vulnerable. Consequently, they provide valuable information for informing climate change adaptation planning. CRAVe allows users to enter information about their vulnerability assessments and includes a public search of existing assessments for specific geographic regions, assessment targets or endpoints, managing entities, and other factors. Read More...

ICCG Webinar on "Changing water resources in Europe under climate change"

Climate change is affecting temperatures and precipitation across Europe. However, the observed and projected changes differ across seasons and regions. Further differentiation is necessary between mean water availability and extremes, such as droughts, heavy precipitation and floods. For example, some European regions may experience an increase in flooding even though annual precipitation is projected to decline. Read More...

NASA Water Quality Monitoring Course

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) invites you to attend an online course on “Water Quality Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Measurements”. It will take place as three one-hour webinar sessions taking place on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd December 2014.
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US AID Adaptation Talk: Climate Information and Decision Processes

For our discussion this month, our speakers will be Lisa Goddard (Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), a senior research scientist at the IRI, and an adjunct associate professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University) and Jim Buizer (Professor of Climate Adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona). Their presentation will focus on their work on the Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience project. Please find their presentation abstract and bios below. Read More...

Recorded talk: NASA SERVIR Program

This is a recorded talk given to the US AID adaptation community on NASA’s SERVIR program. SERVIR is USAID's flagship science and technology partnership with NASA with the objective of building capacity of government decision-makers to utilize earth observations and geospatial technologies for development. The program is focused on decision-support tools and training programs that help countries improve climate resilience and reduce emissions from land use. SERVIR operates through partnerships with regional centers in Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Himalayas, with SERVIR Mekong launching this fall. The partnership connects satellite data to climate change decision-making, and science and technology solutions connect space to village. Explore the SERVIR product catalogue at http://servircatalogue.net.
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Future Earth: Research Pathways Toward Global Development

Future Earth is a 10 year research initiative with the goal to meet the mounting challenges of global environmental change and the transition to global sustainability by harnessing the capacity of the global research community across multiple disciplines and engaging with a wide array of stakeholders. Future Earth intends to operate at the cutting edge of the science-policy interface while training the next generation of integrated thinkers and doers on global sustainability and human wellbeing, particularly in developing countries. Sustainability challenges are global in scope, but vary with regional social and environmental conditions. For this reason, the Future Earth Secretariat must represent the global community and work effectively at multiple scales. In order to provide regional flexibility and legitimacy, buffer the risks of a single point of failure, and maximize the ability to engage stakeholders and funders, we are developing a decentralized but strongly coordinated structure for the Future Earth Secretariat.

The discussion will be held on Thursday, September 18th from 4:00pm-5:30pm at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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Conference code - 7720928816
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