The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) took place in Katowice, Poland from 3-14 December 2018. The central aim of COP24 will be to finalize and adopt a package of decisions ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was the product of COP21. COP24 will also include the Facilitative Dialogue intended to support implementation of countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). AGWA will be very active throughout COP24, having organized several sessions and holding speaking roles in many more. Visit our COP24 page to find a series of new policy briefs and position papers released specifically for COP24, as well as a list of water-related events throughout the COP.
The 2017-2018 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.
An AGWA initiative to support water managers who wish to mainstream climate adaptation into projects and their institutions called CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) has now been published. The Open Access article is available online as a PDF. CRIDA marries decision scaling with adaptation pathways. CRIDA is both a stepwise guide and an expanding community of practice, with a number of emerging regional centers globally and a growing number of implementing partners. The publication is led by the International Center for Integrated Water Risk Management (ICIWaRM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with strong support from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Water & Environment Ministry), Deltares, the World Bank, and the Pegasys Foundation.
We are midway through Season 2 of the ClimateReady Podcast. We strongly believe that learning and sharing knowledge is a fundamental component of adaptation. With that guiding principle in mind, this podcast is intended for adaptation practitioners and all others interested in learning more about how we can respond to the emerging climate and water challenges of the 21st century and beyond. On our first season we feature global experts in policy, engineering, finance, and other sectors who provide us with cutting-edge perspectives and narratives on climate adaptation and water management. All episodes are available on iTunes, AGWA's Knowledge Platform, and SoundCloud. Make sure to subscribe and leave us your reviews!
AGWA was asked by UNFCCC Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) to contribute to three regional workshops for roughly a total of 130 national governments on how to help countries and communities adjust to climate impacts expressed through freshwater. Workshops for Africa, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), as well as Asia, the Pacific region, and eastern Europe and the Middle East brought together national adaptation focal points in order to provide them with access and training on the state of the art in climate relevant knowledge. Colleagues from Deltares helped lead the training on climate risk assessment and reduction for the water sector and for coastal regions.
The AGWA Policy Group, coordinated by SIWI, has been very active in 2018. To help synthesize all the ongoing and upcoming activities, they launched their own newsletter beginning April 2018. You can sign up for future issues on the Policy Group page. In other news, several thematic working groups have been initiated and sign-ups have been circulated. A synthesized calendar of activities has been created and shared to highlight events throughout 2018 relevant to the group.
AGWAGuide.org is now the Knowledge Platform on Bottom-up Approaches. The Knowledge Platform (KP) will serve as a hub for tracking trends and application of “bottom-up approaches” for assessing and reducing water-climate risks, including curating, collecting, and pushing out the evidence, capacity building tools, cases, and tools necessary for mainstreaming these methodologies. You can take a look at the new KP 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." Visit the KP to find case studies, publications, training material, AGWA's ClimateReady Podcast, and much more.
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 Water Criteria have been developed in two phases. Phase 1 Criteria cover engineered water infrastructure and Phase 2 Criteria covers nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for such purposes as water collection, storage, treatment and distribution, flood protection and drought resilience. Phase 1 Criteria were released to the market in October 2016. Phase 2 of the Criteria, which now accommodates natural capital, was launched on 22 May, 2018. Visit CBI's Water Standards page to learn more about the Standard and download the related documents.
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.
We have just released the January issue of our monthly e-newsletter. It is available here. The newsletter includes internal updates from AGWA and our network as well as the latest news around climate and water finance, infrastructure, policy, and more. You'll also find new publications from around the web as well as upcoming events and funding opportunities.
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 are contributing to work packages on both policy and communication. Recently AGWA took part in the project's annual meeting in London, with an upcoming meeting and demo site visit scheduled for July in France.
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.