The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity. As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program marks water’s central role in our work at a special event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health, and security.

The Wilson Center will be hosting a day-long symposium on 28 November, where they will take stock on the 1st year of the 1st U.S. Global Water Strategy; explore new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict; and highlight the centrality of water to global prosperity. The event will also be webcast live.
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Second International Seminar on Water Security

The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) is hosting the Second International Seminar on Water Security. During the conference, experts will gather to share experiences, explore strategic alliances, and identify projects and possible national and international synergies on Water Security. Presentations will cover actions for improving decision making, preserving the environment, and generating resilience in the face of future challenges.

AGWA's Coordinator is attending and presenting on a "Global Standard of Urban Resilience" on Wednesday, 26 September. The event is live-streamed on IMTA's YouTube Channel (click below to launch video).
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International G-WADI Seminar - Citizen Science for Water and Drought Management

Availability of water resources is essential for communities, as well as for agricultural and industrial activities. The generation of agrometeorological and hydrological data underpins most decision-making on water resources and is the basis for assessing risks related to water such as floods and droughts. But despite its critical societal relevance, this area of science is characterized by an acute scarcity of data in space and time (e.g., Hannah et al., 2011), which contrasts significantly with the heterogeneity and complexity of actual water management and governing processes. As such, it is pertinent to reflect upon the potential role that citizen science could play in the generation of new knowledge in relation to the water cycle and drought-related aspects, and the use of citizen science in decision-making.

As part of the project ‘A Citizen Science Approach to Drought Risk Management in Peru and Chile’, granted by Newton-Picarte Fund through the British Council as a delivery partner, carried out by Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture, through its Section of Emergencies and Management of Agricultural Risks, and within the framework of the UNESCO Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) program, the seminar invites experiences from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean on the different aspects of citizen science for water resources and drought risk management. The workshop is also a contribution to the 8th Phase of UNESCO IHP (IHP VIII 2014-2021) Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’.
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Green Talks LIVE - Financing water: Investing in sustainable growth

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a historic scaling up of investment in water. The benefits from strategic investment in water security could exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually by delivering valuable water services and reducing risks of flood and drought. To date, a strong economic case for water-related investment has failed to translate into a compelling financing case at scale globally.

What policies and financing approaches can help to unlock investment and mobilise additional sources of capital? How to ensure that financing flows to investments that contribute most to water security and sustainable growth?

Join Haje Schütte of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, Xavier Leflaive and Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate, and Ms. Esther Delbourg, Head of Responsible Insurance at AXA, to discuss the challenges of financing water, innovative solutions and ways forward to accelerate action. The presentation will draw on emerging messages from The Roundtable on Financing Water.
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Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia

During the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, there will be a special session addressing water security and climate change in Asia. The session will present the main outcomes of the conference “Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) – Challenges and Opportunities for Asia” that was attended by over 150 scientists from Asia in November 2016. It will also feature selected presentations that were appreciated by the participants. A key component will be group discussions on the relevance of the science agenda for SDGs and Paris Agreement implementation. The outcome of the session will be a report with best practice examples on "solution based research" and "future research demand and formats". It is being hosted by The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in association with DAAD exceed centres CNRD at Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany and SWINDON at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany.
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Water: Risk, Opportunity and Sustainability

Staggering global growth has created an urgent need for investment in water infrastructure, technology, and services in order to maintain water supply to industries and populations alike. This is the wake-up call for a significant increase in funding for the utilities sector.

Additionally, there is also huge demand for a greater understanding of operational impact of water within corporates and the business strategies required to help mitigate and manage water security in the future.

Water: Risk, Opportunity and Sustainability has been researched and developed for an international audience, which includes heads and directors from the investment sector (pension funds, SWFs, mutual funds etc), water utilities and governments, water engineering and technology providers, sustainability indices and rating agencies. Read More...

Water and Security in an Uncertain World

As our climate changes, the uncertainty of water availability and access threatens to become one of the major challenges to national security. But much like climate change’s connections to security, water’s impact on conflict can be difficult to see when measured against seemingly more immediate threats like terrorism – and similarly challenging to understand. By unpacking the many ways that water relates to U.S. strategic interests, international security, and conflict risks, we can better understand not only its links to insecurity but also opportunities for building peace and fostering cooperation.

Join in this event for a discussion with representatives from across the U.S. government, academia, and practitioner community to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by water security. Read More...

A thirsty world: making local action global

As part of ODI's #GlobalChallenges event series, they will be exploring the increasingly politicised issue of water scarcity and security. To focus on the innovative ways in which local communities are tackling this challenge and to consider whether these efforts could achieve results at scale, ODI will be holding the event "A thirsty world: making local action global." Read More...

CDP's Global Water Forum 2015

A water value revolution is underway. A large and growing number of the world’s largest companies and institutional investors have woken up to water’s key role in sustainable economic growth.

You are invited to attend CDP’s 2015 Global Water Forum, taking place on October 22 in Tokyo, Japan. Join in to learn how leading corporations and institutional investors are transforming the market to improve water security worldwide. The Forum will showcase the impact of corporate water reporting, bringing business and investment leaders together to share their water management insights. The event will highlight water’s economic value and provide companies with a pathway from management to strategic action. Read More...

World Resources Institute | Water Pricing in an Age of Scarcity: New Research from the IMF and WRI

From California to Karachi, climate change, population pressures, and economic growth are exacerbating water stress conditions around the world. The International Monetary Fund and World Resources Institute invite you to a timely dialogue of policymakers, economists, and water resource experts on new approaches to water pricing to manage rapidly increasing risks in an efficient, equitable, and sustainable manner. Read More...

World Water Forum 7: Thematic Process 1.3

This Theme of WWF7 falls under the Pillar of “Water Security for All.” Theme 1.3 specifically addresses “Adapting to Change: Managing Risks and Uncertainty for Resilience and Disaster Preparedness.” Throughout the week there will be many individual Thematic Sessions addressing this topic and its associated challenges. Read More...

UNESCO-IHP Meeting: “Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, Asia and Americas”

This meeting is organized with potential partners to discuss and design activities within the framework of the project “Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, Asia and Americas”. The framework and objectives of the project will be presented and partnership mechanisms and ideas for potential joint projects will be discussed and developed. The inception meeting will contribute to UNESCO’s IHP-VIII (2014-2021) Phase entitled “Water Security: responses to local, regional and global challenges”. Read More...