The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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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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Webinar on Approaches to assessment, tracking and modelling the Source-to-Sea interactions

UN Environment-DHI and the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management (S2S Platform) have jointly developed a series of webinars focusing on the source-to-sea management.

You can now register for the final session in our S2S series, Webinar #5: Approaches to assessment, tracking and modelling the Source-to-Sea interactions via following LINK. The four presenters of this final session will be exploring some interesting options for the measurement and management of water from Source-to-Sea.
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AGWA Policy Group's First Meeting of 2017

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...

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)
Organizers: SIWI, GWP, and Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) Read More...

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)
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Building a Resilient Future through Water - Connecting the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

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.

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High Level Panel: Raising the Profile of Water Towards COP21 | WWW

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...

#SIWISofa: Raising the Profile of Water Towards COP21 | WWW

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...

Wise Water Management: Fundamental for Mitigation & Adaptation and a New Climate Deal

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The side event will aim to build recognition of the links between climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, while focusing on water resource management as an essential denominator for integrated strategies.

Date: Wednesday, December 10
Time: 11:30-13:00
Venue: Room Caral (130)

ORGANISERS
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), France (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), UNESCO-IHP, and Leadership for Environment and Development, Pakistan (LEAD)

CO-ORGANISERS
Sweden, the French Water Partnership (FWP) the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the National Water Authority of Peru (ANA), Servicio National de Meterología e Hidrología del Peru (SENAMHI), International Water Association (IWA), Conservation International (CI), Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), National Water Commission Mexico (Conagua) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Watercourse Lessons for Mitigation and Adaptation: Towards a Climate Deal

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This side event will showcase the critical role water plays in both the adaptation and mitigation of climate change, including as a link between these efforts.

Date: Saturday, December 6 Time: 13:00-15:00
Venue: Room 68, European Pavilion

ORGANIZERS
SIWI, UNESCO-IHP, FWP, Sweden, France, GWP, UNECE
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UNFCCC COP 20 Side Event

This side event will aim to build recognition of the links between climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience, while focusing on water resources as the common denominator between the strategies. We will share experiences and lessons learned in areas related to water management, energy efficiency, sustainable drainage systems, catchment protection and management and the promotion of policies which improves adaptive capacity and builds resilience, while aiming at not increasing the greenhouse gas emissions. Read More...