07/06/18 Filed in: Webinar
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. Read More...
23/01/17 Filed in: Meeting
The AGWA Policy Group, led by SIWI, will be holding its first meeting of 2017 in early February. The Policy Group has grown a great deal over the past year but they are always seeking new supporters, partners, and colleagues. This meeting will focus on plans for the upcoming year as well as a recap of recent policy advances and events related to the AGWA network. If you are interested in joining the call or finding out more about the group, contact the Policy Group
or Sofia Widforss
at SIWI. Read More...
The event is designed to advance the dialogue across sectors and actors on the role of water resilience in implementing the NDCs. During the event, speakers will showcase opportunities and challenges for successful implementation of national climate plans, accessing climate finance, and highlighting the role of non-state actors. When
: Thursday 17 November; 15:00-16:30Venue
: Observer Room 6 (300)Organizers
: SIWI, GWP, and Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) Read More...
This side event will address current bottlenecks and opportunities for cities to deliver climate-resilient, low-carbon water and waste services in emerging economies. Both the water and waste sector provide attractive opportunities for cities to take action in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to help meet the UN Climate targets and other sustainable development goals. Making the most of these opportunities, and of the synergies of the two sectors, requires a shift in policies, regulations, financing and planning approaches that fully embrace their positive contribution to low-carbon cities. The development of a project pipeline for investments will require creditworthy cities and service providers to make informed decisions about financing options, preparing bankable projects that deliver value and contribute towards emissions reductions and resiliency measures that enable the implementation of the Paris Agreement.When
: Thursday 17 November; 11:30-13:00Venue
: Mediterranean Room (Blue Zone)Organizers
: IWA, ISWA, OECD Read More...
A side event on the occasion of the UNGA High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, 21-22 April
Organized by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), in partnership with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the objective of the event is to present and discuss possible strategies for strengthening climate resilience through effective and sustainable water resources management and how the Paris Agreement and the SDGs can be implemented in a coordinated way with water as a useful connector. The UN Deputy Secretary General, H.E. Jan Eliasson, will be delivering a keynote speech.
All are invited to this event, which is set to take place on April 20 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
This post will be updated as more details are finalized. Check back soon. Read More...
14/03/16 Filed in: Conference
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.
13/08/15 Filed in: Networking Event
On Thursday of World Water Week, AGWA will host a networking event at the SIWI booth. We hope this event will help bring together adaptation professionals to learn about each other — and more about AGWA. Come meet other members of the AGWA network and let us hear your thoughts! When:
Thursday 27 August; 17:30-19:00Where:
SIWI Booth at World Water Week Read More...
It is widely acknowledged that water is at the front lines of climate change. It is the primary channel through which the impacts of climate change will be felt across the key growth drivers of the global economy –agriculture, energy, industry, environment, and the urban sector. However, discussions at COP in the past have mainly focused on the issue of mitigation; while this is clearly a worldwide priority, equally important is the issue of adaptation and the understanding of the impacts of climate change on water resources and key water dependent sectors of the economy. Read more to see how you can watch the event live! Read More...
This talk will be held in connection to the High Level Panel on 26 August, 14:00-15:30. It will focus on the central role of water in achieving climate adaptation and mitigation, and on the historic opportunity offered by COP21 to catalyse global leaders’ attention to this issue. Read More...
18/06/15 Filed in: Dinner
You are invited to join us at the AGWA Dinner in Stockholm as a precursor to the Annual Members Meeting and World Water Week. We will be will be organizing an informal dinner at Tabbouli City in Stockholm. In the past the dinner has been attended by 20-25 members of AGWA's network. Please read more below to find out details and to RSVP to give us an accurate headcount. Read More...
20/02/15 Filed in: Conference | Panel
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...
14/02/15 Filed in: Conference | Workshop
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...
07/11/14 Filed in: Workshop | Seminar
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...
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...
17/09/14 Filed in: Workshop | Seminar
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. Read More...
The AGWA annual meeting occurred on 30 August 2016. The annual meetings notes are below or downloadable as a PDF
. Read More...