The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

AGWA Activities (last updated on November 6)

On this page you will find a list of recent and ongoing AGWA activities. If you would like to find out more about a particular initiative, including how you can contribute, please contact the respective AGWA member. You can also keep follow AGWA's activities by subscribing to our e-newsletter that comes out approximately once a month. The most recent newsletter can be accessed here.
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#BlueLineBonn | AGWA at COP23

A group of national governments including Germany, the Netherlands, and Morocco, along with AGWA, SIWI, and members of the #ClimateIsWater Initiative are rallying together at this year's COP under the banner of the #BlueLineBonn -- symbolic of water's value as a connecting thread throughout all climate dialogue. COP23 will take place in Bonn, Germany along the banks of the Rhine River -- the original Blue Line in Bonn. Visit our COP23 page to learn about water-related events and much more.
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Phase II of Water Climate Bonds Standard in Public Consultation Period

AGWA with a number of close partners — Ceres, CBI, WRI, and CDP — have been developing a standard for water-related investments issued as green bonds, integrating both climate mitigation and climate adaptation components. The final water criteria for the Climate Bond Standard has been approved. Phase 2 of these criteria, which focuses on resilient nature-based solutions, is nearly complete. It is currently in a 60-day period of public consultation through 14 December. Visit the Water Standards page to learn more and submit your comments.
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Launching a Knowledge Platform for Bottom-up Approaches to Climate Adaptation

AGWAGuide.org is now the Knowledge Platform on Bottom-up Approaches. The website has undergone a complete renovation as part of an effort to increase capacity and resources for implementing bottom-up approaches to climate adaptation. You can take a look at the new Knowledge Platform that is designed to "engage with researchers, practitioners, and decision makers by providing the information and resources necessary to more effectively address water management issues in the long-term." More content will be added regularly.
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Launching AGWA's "ClimateReady" Podcast

New to the podcast universe, AGWA's ClimateReady Podcast features interviews and segments on emerging trends in the intersection of climate and water. Experts in policy, engineering, finance, and other sectors will provide cutting-edge perspectives and narratives on climate adaptation challenges and opportunities. AGWA has released several episodes for your listening pleasure! All episodes are available on the brand new Knowledge Platform and SoundCloud. You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes. Stay tuned for more!
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Community of Practice Charter Revised and Approved

AGWA's guiding document, the Community of Practice Charter, has undergone major revisions. The changes were initially proposed by an internal Task Force and have recently been approved at the Annual Members Meeting in Stockholm. You can find the updated Charter online here. Contained within the Charter are a set of Guiding Elements that shape AGWA's work and help align membership priorities. You'll also find important sections on governance, vision, mission, and more.
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AGWA 2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available

The 2016-2017 Annual Report has been approved and released. You can now view or download the document here. It is comprised of a sections reviewing the past year's activities, outlining the plan ahead, and covering administrative/governance issues. AGWA accomplished a great deal in the past year and there is much more planned for the future.
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#ClimateIsWater Campaign

AGWA is part of an ongoing initiative called #ClimateIsWater. This partnership is an effort to elevate the visibility for water within climate change policy dialogue. Comprised of numerous organizations from across the globe, #ClimateIsWater carries a uniform message about the importance of water in the upcoming climate negotiations and elsewhere. The campaign has released a new briefing document for COP23 and beyond that outlines the value of water as a connector.
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AGWA-U: Building Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation

Last June AGWA successfully conducted its first graduate and post-professional training course in climate adaptation and resource management, with a special emphasis on freshwater. Now in its second year, AGWA-U includes three courses at Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (USA) and UNESCO-IHE (the Netherlands). These classes are designed for students in water-related disciplines and professionals seeking to develop their climate adaptation experience. Visit the AGWA-U webpage for more information about this initiative.
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Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) Update

An AGWA initiative to support water managers who wish to mainstream climate adaptation into projects and their institutions called CRIDA (Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis) is nearing publication and broader promotion. CRIDA marries decision scaling with adaptation pathways. Within AGWA, CRIDA is led by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Water & Environment Ministry), with strong support from Deltares, the World Bank, and the Pegasys Foundation. CRIDA is both a stepwise guide (coming 2017, publishing with support of the USGS and Colorado Water Institute) and an emerging community of practice, with a number of emerging regional centers globally and a growing number of implementing partners.
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Latest Issue of AGWA Updates Newsletter

We have just released the November issue of our monthly e-newsletter. It is available here. In this issue you'll find some important updates about COP23 in Bonn as well as our new podcast series -- and much more. You'll also find global updates on climate and water, international events, global policy, upcoming events, funding opportunities, and recent publications.
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AGWA and SIWI Join NAIAD Project

The European Project NAIAD, entitled "Nature Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration", coordinated by the Duero River Basin Authority and funded under the European Horizon 2020 Program, aims to operationalise the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of risks associated with water (floods and droughts) by developing and testing - with key insurers and municipalities - the concepts, tools, applications and instruments (business models) necessary for its mainstreaming. AGWA and SIWI participated in kick-off meetings in Valladolid, Spain from Jan. 30 - Feb. 2.
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AGWA in Nature Climate Change

Building on a series of workshops sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and University of Maryland through the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), AGWA has published a paper led by LeRoy Poff and Casey Brown entitled "Sustainable Water Management with Eco-Engineering Decision Scaling." The paper focuses on a new approach to co-managing environmental and water infrastructure under uncertainty. Co-authors come from organizations such as Deltares, OECD, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and SESYNC itself. The PDF is available here.