The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Stockholm World Water Week 2015

AGWA Wine Mingle

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; 17:30-19:00
Where: SIWI Booth at World Water Week Read More...

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...

U.S. Water Partnership Events at WWW

The U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) will be holding a number of partner and stakeholder events during World Water Week in Stockholm. Beginning Sunday, each day will feature multiple events by the USWP and its partners. Please see below for a full schedule of events. Read More...

AGWA Dinner in Stockholm Prior to World Water Week

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.
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Global climate policy & national water action: towards COP21 and beyond | WWW 2015

The climate negotiations at COP20 resulted in the Lima Call for Climate Action; a critical step towards a legally binding agreement at COP21 in Paris, with the long-term aim of having zero net emissions by 2050. Impacts from climate change manifests through changes in the water cycle and water-related disasters such as floods and droughts, accounting for almost 90% of the 1,000 most disastrous events since 1990. Without wise management of water resources, socio-economic development will be at risk in a changing climate. Water is also critical for mitigation, as many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources. Hence, strategic management for climate resilient water resources could support ambitious and long-term mitigation and adaptation plans, and should therefore be incorporated in the future global climate agreement; for national planning and implementation. And as water related hazards exacerbate inequalities and are disproportionally borne by poor and vulnerable communities, climate resilient water infrastructure is also key for development and poverty reduction. Read More...

Cooperation on climate change adaptation and mitigation in transboundary basins | WWW 2015

Climate change impacts on water resources will have cascading effects on many parts of the economy and society, as various sectors depend on water. 60% of the world’s freshwater courses are transboundary, hence cooperation on climate change adaptation at the regional and transboundary levels is critical for successful adaptation. In addition, adaptation measures may hinder or facilitate climate change mitigation measures and vice-versa. While such interrelations are often overlooked at the national level, the transboundary context adds another layer of complexity. Read More...

Investment Approaches to Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation | WWW 2015

Green bonds have emerged in recent years as a promising new financial mechanism that offers investors an opportunity to support climate friendly investments. Maintaining credible market growth will require new tools that will assist issuers in meeting investor demand for climate-themed bonds; assist investors in recognising such bonds; and assist governments in supporting investments in such bonds. Water investments are fast becoming a popular theme for green bonds. The potential for green bonds to drive low-cost capital in search of thematic relevance to clean water projects is undeniable. But while it may be tempting to define every water project as "green," inclusion of environmentally destructive water projects could undermine market credibility and unnecessarily compromise the competitiveness of water projects with a higher environmental and social yield. Read More...

Climate change and political insecurity | WWW 2015

Climate change driven hazards can be an underlying reason for increased tension, armed conflicts and political insecurity that many parts of the world are experiencing today. Some studies indicate that Climate change can increase armed conflict with up to 50 %.

Climate change will impact the frequency and magnitude of droughts, floods and flash floods are with large consequences for human settlements and livelihoods, forcing people to become refugees, nationally or internationally. It is also a severe obstacle for socio-economic development in particular regions. For instance, in Syria droughts has been identified as an underlying factor contributing to the political instability in the region. Read More...