The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Workshop

Urban Adaptation in the Baltic Region

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

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

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities.
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Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

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

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

New decision support methods for managing deep uncertainty have been developed and applied internationally, but experiences with these methods are still limited in many contexts. How can insights from these new approaches be used improve management of deeply uncertain water-futures in urban settings?
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NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management

Remote sensing data can help professionals manage and monitor extreme weather conditions. In this training, participants will learn how to access and analyze available NASA data relevant to flood management. This includes data on precipitation, soil moisture, inundation mapping, and elevation modeling. Participants will learn to apply data for assessing flood risk, monitoring conditions, and planning relief. Each session will include a presentation followed by an opportunity to use the data and tools covered in the presentation.
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Workshop on Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being used for flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation, especially in developing countries where they are most needed. Examples are the use of mangroves for wave reduction and erosion control and the use of urban green spaces for retention of storm waters. If properly implemented, NBS can aid in reducing flood risk while also providing additional benefits for people, the economy, and nature conservation. However, effective implementation is challenging, as it requires integration of different disciplines and the active involvement of government and communities. In addition, proper metrics for success and adequate monitoring methods are yet to be defined. Since NBS are currently not tested to the same standards as traditional grey infrastructure, trade-offs in terms of engineering and economics are still hard to make.

The World Bank, Deltares, UNDP, and Ecoshape will be hosting a two-day workshop on scaling up NBS flood risk reduction. The meeting will focus on producing guidelines for the effective implementation of green and hybrid solutions to reduce flood risk in urban, riverine, and coastal settings.
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Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty | Annual Workshop

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

Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins

You are cordially invited to the global workshop on “Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins” which will be held on 13-14 September 2016 in Geneva, back-to-back with the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 15 September. The workshop is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with several international partners, such as the World Bank Group, AGWA, IUCN and WMO.

In light of the outcomes of COP21 and in view of the upcoming COP22 in Morocco, the workshop aims to facilitate implementation and financing of basin-wide adaptation - from strategies and plans to concrete measures - while considering differences in transboundary basins’ governance, administrative structure and mandate. It will also consider the current global climate finance infrastructure, barriers and challenges in accessing climate finance for water and discuss how to ensure transboundary aspects are taken into account in national and local projects, where relevant. Private sector and innovative finance mechanisms will also be considered and AGWA’s work on green bonds and CRIDA will be presented. Read More...

Making Decisions for Managing Water Under Climate Uncertainty

Mexico will be hosting its first National Forum on Climate Adaptation from 18-20 April 2016. The purpose of this forum will be to reduce the nation's climate vulnerability through effective concrete adaptation actions advanced in a context of wide and strong partnerships among different actors. The Forum will be a meeting place for actors from the private, academic, social and governmental levels to discuss climate adaptation issues and approaches over three days of workshops.

During the Forum, AGWA's Secretariat Coordinator John Matthews will present a workshop on "Making Decisions for Managing Water Under Climate Uncertainty." More information on this particular event can be found below. Read More...

Implementing the EU Adaptation Strategy - Practical insights and policy recommendations

Climate action is a key priority of the EU and accounts for at least 20% of its budget for 2014-2020. The 2013 EU Climate Adaptation Strategy plays a crucial role in defining how these climate funds should be allocated in order to increase Europe’s resilience in the face of climate change. Three years since its launch, this workshop will help take stock of how the Adaptation Strategy is being put into practice across Europe. Since 2012, the BASE project has engaged with stakeholders at the local, national and EU level in over 20 locations to take stock of on-going adaptation activities in Europe.

The goal of this interactive policy workshop is to bring together stakeholders to share their experiences and knowledge to shed light on European adaptation in policy and practice. Participants will discuss the implications of these insights for the implementation of the EU Adaptation Strategy and help shape a series of recommendations to support the review and future format of the European Adaptation Strategy. Read More...

Making Groundwater Sustainable

Droughts in California and the Southwest, as well as growing demands and competition for water throughout much of the country, increasingly highlight the importance of groundwater. Groundwater supplies almost half the nation’s drinking water, supports irrigated agriculture, industry, and energy development, and sustains streams and ecosystems.

This National Groundwater Association (NGWA) sponsored workshop will examine how to develop and use groundwater in a sustainable manner to meet the nation’s pressing needs for food and energy while maintaining a healthy environment. Read More...

19th Physical Processes in Natural Waters Workshop

The University of Bath is pleased to announce it is hosting the 19th International Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW) workshop.

The PPNW workshops explore the physics of lakes and coastal water bodies and their interactions with the physical and biogeochemical processes that control water quality, ecosystem functions, and the services these systems provide. In 2016, the workshop at Bath will have a specific focus on innovative measurements of turbulence and biogeochemical fluxes in lakes and other stratified waters, although contributions from all relevant subject areas are welcome. Event organizers are happy to have Professor John Simpson (Bangor University) as their keynote speaker this year. Read More...

Climate Science to Engineering Operations for Watershed Management Workshop

In 2011 the Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG) issued the user needs report, “Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information Report” (www.ccawwg.us). Since then, CCAWWG agencies have engaged in multiple research and application activities to address those needs. CCAWWG will host this workshop to review that work and to help design its planned 2016 update to that 2011 assessment of its agency partners’ needs for climate science and climate change information. Read More...

Global Climathon 2015 in Boston

Boston has been chosen to participate in the Global Climathon 2015, an intercontinental hackathon event to find innovative, city-level solutions to climate change problems. Set to take place simultaneously in 15 major cities across 6 continents, the Global Climathon will challenge students and citizens from diverse locations to take direct climate action within their own municipalities. As one of two cities (along with Washington, D.C.) chosen to represent North America in this global initiative, the Boston Climathon — Hacking Resiliency will leverage the wealth of creativity and innovation that greater Boston has to offer, while enhancing climate literacy, skills, and urgency within our own communities. Read More...

IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir Management | August 2015/02

The third IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir Management (IWA L&RM 2015) will be held at Mountain Lake, in Pembroke, Virginia, USA from 4 to 7 August, 2015.
We will have at least 4 keynote speakers and expect over 100 national and international participants.
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International Hydropower Association World Congress | Beijing | May 2015

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...

UNESCO-IHP Meeting: “Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, Asia and Americas”

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...

AGWA Knowledge Exchange

Co-convenors: AGWA, Colorado State University, Deltares, SESYNC, OECD, UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme, University of Massachusetts, USACE IWR, World Bank

Representing a culmination of many of the efforts over the previous three SESYNC workshops, the third day of the fourth SESYNC workshop is more self-contained and will focus on sharing the SESYNC eco-engineering team’s work to other potential partners for amplification, extension, and adoption, using a knowledge exchange format. Each segment will begin with a short introduction and case and then have an exchange about applications.
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Working with scarce data for eco-engineering decision scaling: SESYNC Workshop

Co-convenors: AGWA, NASA, SESYNC, World Bank — 7 October 2014

Over the past three previous workshops, our thematic group has developed what we believe is a robust approach to reconciling ecological and engineering approaches to long-term robust and resilient water resources management through the use of a decision scaling framework, an approach we refer to as ecological decision scaling. Integral to this approach is viewing ecosystems as dynamic and responsive in complex ways to climate-induced changes, which marks a significant shift from current approaches to ecological approaches to sustainable water management. A critical assumption in our approach is that there are specific resilience indicators that are not currently widely employed. While we believe that ecological decision scaling is both effective and practical, we are also concerned that in many regions of the world, particularly in those areas where water infrastructure development is occurring very rapidly, the lack of easily accessible knowledge products for these resilience indicators represents a major gap for implementation. Read More...

Fourth AGWA-SESYNC Workshop Summary

In early October AGWA hosted a SESYNC-sponsored workshop with one day focused on 'Working with Scarce Data for Ecological Scaling’. During this session participants deepened their exploration of the ability to develop remote sensing data products that are suitable to support the metrics and methods developed from earlier eco-engineering SESYNC theme workshops, particularly in regions with limited data. Read More...

Fifth UNECE Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins

The fifth workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins will be held from Tuesday, 14 October 2014 until Wednesday, 15 October in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in room XII, starting at 10 a.m. on 14 October and ending at 5 p.m. on 15 October. The working languages will be English, French, Russian and Spanish.

http://www.unece.org/env/water/tranboundary_adaptation_workshop_2014.html
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Fourth AGWA - SESYNC workshop: October 6–8

Eco-Engineering Theme — Workshop 4
PIs: LeRoy Poff and John Matthews
Dates: 6 - 8 October 2014

The fourth of our four workshops spans three distinct days and targets that are intended to both provide thematic closure and connect our efforts to other initiatives and audiences. General overview of the SESYNC theme is located here. The agenda for the three days is located below.
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Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts: Urban Resiliency

The impact of climate change on the safety and security of water supply is pushing cities to adapt and reassess their approaches to water supply and urban storage and drainage. This workshop is an opportunity to highlight approaches developed across cities and utilities to adapt to the impacts of climate change especially floods and droughts.

For more information, contact Katharine Cross at IWA.
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