The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water


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.

Perspectives on Climate Adaptation for Delta and Water Management

Deltares USA and NL are organizing an event in Washington DC entitled “Perspectives on Climate Adaptation for Delta and Water Management”. This meeting is a pre-event to the Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty training on November 15th and annual meeting at the World Bank, on November 16 and 17, 2016 ( In the light of this event several experts based in the Netherlands will visit Washington DC. Read More...

AGWA Session at European Geosciences Union General Assembly

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.

Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty Conference | LIVE on Periscope

The 3rd Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty will be held in Delft, the Netherlands, on 3-5 November 2015. It seeks to foster a community of practice around decision making under deep uncertainty, in order to share new developments in methods and tools, lessons from their applications, facilitate their use in practice, and ultimately encourage sound (public or private sector) decision making. For those unable to attend, parts of the workshop will be broadcast live on the Periscope app. Read More...