The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

All You Need to Know About the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24 Climate Negotiations

The COP 23 Presidency and the upcoming COP 24 Presidency invite you to join a webinar on Friday, providing in-depth information on the orchestration of the Talanoa Dialogue during the international climate negotiations in Poland this December. This webinar will offer a general overview of the organization of the Talanoa Dialogue at COP 24. Arrangements have now been set, with consideration to adequate sequencing of the high level events, as well as the need to provide time for ongoing negotiations under the Paris Agreement Work Programme.
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UNECE's 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

You are invited to join more than 400 representatives of Ministries, joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations and academia from all regions of the world who will come together in Astana, Kazakhstan from 10 to 12 October, to discuss transboundary water cooperation, at the eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 8) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). This high-level meeting, organized by the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which services the Water Convention, is in many ways historic: it will be the first MOP held in Asia and the first one with membership of the Convention beyond the pan-European region, symbolically marking the beginning of a new era for the Convention.
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2nd International Conference on Water and Climate: Fostering Dialogue on the Road to COP23

Following the success of the first International Conference on Water and Climate, held in Rabat in July 2016, the World Water Council, with the support of the CoP22 Presidency as represented by the Delegate Ministry for Water of the Kingdom of Morocco, and with the collaboration of other international partners, would like to renew this experience. However, in order to be in line with the overall guidelines provided for multi-stakeholder engagement within the UNFCCC CoP23 process, this edition would be more focused in terms of numbers and types of attendees and also in terms of themes that would be evoked.

As for the past edition, the principle objective of the meeting is to mobilize and encourage a range of political, institutional, technical, and scientific stakeholders to work together so that water remains an important element of climate discussions within CoP23 in November of 2017.
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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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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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NAP Global Network at COP 22

The NAP Global Network is gearing up for activities in Marrakech during COP 22. The NAP Global Network aims to enhance national adaptation planning and action in developing countries through coordination of bilateral support and in-country actors. The Network also facilitates international peer learning and exchange.

Please find below information on events that the Network is involved in at COP22.
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Water, a Connector for Successful NDC Implementation

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; 15:00-16:30
Venue: Observer Room 6 (300)
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Unlocking and Financing the Water and Waste Resource Potential for Climate-Resilient, Low Carbon Emerging Cities

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; 11:30-13:00
Venue: Mediterranean Room (Blue Zone)
Organizers: IWA, ISWA, OECD 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...