The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Moving Climate Services Forward: A Systems Perspective

Governments, companies and individuals rely on accurate, timely, and accessible climate and weather information to make well-informed decisions and become more resilient to the changing climate. Climate services operations differ among countries and regions, reflecting diverse social, economic, and legal contexts, and national priorities. There are, however, common components of the climate services system that create the opportunity to share lessons and identify common principles that can be tailored to local, national, and regional circumstances.

The World Bank, the USAID-funded Learning Agenda on Climate Services, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are collaborating to identify these commonalities and create a forum for sharing information to help move climate services forward. To learn more about emerging best practices and the latest research, join expert CIS practitioners at a November 27 learning workshop, Moving Climate Services Forward: a Systems Perspective.
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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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Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty | Annual Workshop

During the first three workshops, the society’s members have been getting to know each other and each other’s work. Over this time, demand for DMDU work has grown rapidly, and we have discovered common theoretical and practical challenges to applying our methods and meeting those demands. Many of these challenges are not unique to DMU, but apply to other policy and decision analysis methods as well. This year’s workshop seeks to address those challenges and to bring in new perspectives from related fields. We believe that by brainstorming together on the problems we face, our community will grow stronger and our work will be even more equipped to respond to today’s difficult planning problems. Read More...

Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty | Methods Training

The World Bank will host the 2016 DMDU workshop in Washington DC, on November 16 and 17, 2016, with a training on DMDU methodologies scheduled for November 15th, 2016. There is still place for the training, but it is running out fast. Please confirm here by October 15 if you have not done that already, to make sure we save you a spot! The annual meeting is fully booked. Please let us know if you will not come so there will be place for others to attend. Read More...

What does climate resilience mean for the hydropower sector?

Future changes in temperature and precipitation are likely to have impacts, not only on individual hydropower projects but across entire water and energy systems. Developers, investors, governments and other stakeholders involved in hydropower need to make decisions to ensure that both infrastructure and systems are resilient to a range of possible future conditions. 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...