The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Public Session on the United Nations World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-Based Solutions for Water

Under the auspices of the EU Bulgarian Presidency, the MEP Water Group and the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO are co-organising a public session on the new United Nation World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2018 ‘Nature-Based Solutions for Water’ on the 22nd of May at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The WWDR2018 demonstrates how nature-based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means to address many of the world’s water challenges, while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development. The main policy messages and findings from the report will be presented during the public session, followed by a high-level panel discussion.
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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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Water Criteria on Nature-based and Hybrid Water Infrastructure: Consultation and Webinars

On behalf of the Water Consortium, the Climate Bonds Initiative has released Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for public consultation.

The Water Criteria are a key component of the science-based Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme - a screening tool for investors, development banks and governments, which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions. A 60-day public consultation period for the Phase 2 Criteria opens on 16 October.

Two webinars about the new Water Criteria have been announced: 25 October and 20 November. Details are below.
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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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