The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water Criteria on Nature-based and Hybrid Water Infrastructure: Consultation and Webinars

On behalf of the Water Consortium, the Climate Bonds Initiative has released Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for public consultation.

The Water Criteria are a key component of the science-based Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme - a screening tool for investors, development banks and governments, which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions. A 60-day public consultation period for the Phase 2 Criteria opens on 16 October.

Two webinars about the new Water Criteria have been announced: 25 October and 20 November. Details are below.
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Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition, held in Buenos Aires, 13-16 November, will bring together water science and research with the public and private sectors, financial institutions and policy makers, to drive water cooperation and water solutions that can be applied globally.

With over 2000 participants and a record number of exhibitors attending the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017 in Argentina, this is the Latin American water event of the year. An exciting International Exhibition is a one-stop-shop connecting the right people with the right solutions from more than 150 leading international companies and institutions.
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Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy

The 2017 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. This week-long conference is designed to bring together research with policy, practice, and networking events.

During the Conference AGWA's Coordinator will be moderating a panel discussion entitled Building Resilient Communities to Withstand Increasing Extreme Weather Events’ Impact on the Global Water Crisis.
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Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea 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.

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 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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European Youth Parliament for Water

The 14th European Youth Parliament for Water starts this Sunday. From October 1-7, delegates aged 17-25 from across Europe will explore the theme of Water and Peace in the historic Italian city of Rovereto, Italy. They will meet with experts and elected officials as they mobilize to advocate for water and its role in conflict prevention. Solidarity Water Europe has organized the European Youth Parliament for Water for over a decade.

Throughout the event, participants will deepen their awareness of the crucial role civil society and youth play as ambassadors for a better world. A world defined by dialogue, sharing and mutual respect.
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International Summit of the Great Rivers of the World: "Taking Action for Water and Climate"

The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea is organizing the International Summit on "Water and Climate ; Meeting of the Great Rivers of the World", from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Rome. This international summit is organized in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWC) and Aquamadre.

This Summit is a milestone for the preparation of the Bonn COP 23 (6-17 November 2017) and the Brasilia World Water Forum (18-23 March 2018). Its goal is to further integrate freshwater management issues into the top priorities of the international negotiations on climate change and of the Global Climate Action Agenda. It will especially focus on the need for quick action to finance projects to improve knowledge, governance, public participation and take immediate measures for water adaptation to climate change.
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UNECE Global Workshop on Water Allocation

Water allocation, which is the allocation over time of water resources between and within different sectors and for different uses, is one of the biggest challenges in water management and protection. Increasing demands on water from different sectors, growing water scarcity and climate variability have led to a rising global interest to the topic of water allocation.

The global workshop on water allocation in transboundary basins will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 16 and 17 October 2017. It will be followed by the fifth meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (18 October 2017).
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20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference | Brisbane Declaration 2.0

The Brisbane Declaration is a pioneering document on freshwater ecosystem health and human well-being. The Declaration is an output of the 10th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference that took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2007. It represents summary findings and a global action agenda that addresses the urgent need to protect rivers globally. Environmental flows (eflows) are a key component of the Brisbane Declaration. Eflows describe the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on these ecosystems.

Now, 10 years later, the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference has arrived. It will take place 18-20 September again in Brisbane, Australia. And, the first draft of the updated Brisbane Declaration 2.0 is now available for comments. Read more below.
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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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Adaptation Community Meeting: Climate Change and Health in Mozambique - Impacts and Responses

Remarkable progress is being made across Sub-Saharan Africa on public health. Child mortality, rates of stunting and incidence of diseases such as malaria and meningitis are dropping. But these gains may be lost as changes in climate and weather promote disease outbreaks and greater food insecurity. Owing to its location, demographics and geography, Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes on health resulting from changes in climate. Malaria is already widespread and poor water supply and sanitation infrastructure lead to frequent contamination of water resources during floods.

Over the past few years, the USAID-funded Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project has been examining the relationship between temperature and rainfall trends and diarrheal disease and malaria rates in Mozambique.

At the September Adaptation Community Meeting, Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist Fernanda Zermoglio will provide the latest research and findings from this work, as well as what is being done to strengthen Mozambique’s health system preparedness and response.
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