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.
The 8th World Water Forum (WWF8) took place 18-23 March in Brasilia, Brazil. WWF8 is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC). The 8th edition of the World Water Forum held more than 200 sessions and debates about themes related to water. The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. AGWA took part in a number of events during the Forum. Visit our WWF8 page to learn about AGWA's events as well as other water-related sessions.
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.
We have recently wrapped up the first season of AGWA's 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!
The AGWA Policy Group, coordinated by SIWI, has been very active in 2018. To help synthesize all the ongoing and upcoming activities, they have launched their own newsletter with the first issue coming out in early April. 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.
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.
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.
Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is an effort to deliver rapid solutions to the most critical challenges facing humans and the planet. AGWA is on the core team for a new SNAPP project aimed at assessing the water quantity benefits from source water protection. Together with TNC, Conservation International, and Forest Trends, AGWA began work on this in early 2018. SNAPP intends to develop a knowledge synthesis to improve water quantity and resilience by focusing on source water protection activities. The design is twofold: assess the opportunity for source water protection to reduce flooding risks associated with land use and climate change, and 2) integrate principles and guidance into decision support.
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 2018) and an emerging community of practice, with a number of emerging regional centers globally and a growing number of implementing partners.
We have just released the June issue of our monthly e-newsletter. It is available here. In this issue we highlight a number of ongoing AGWA projects and announcements, plus much more! You'll also find global updates on climate and water, international events, global policy, upcoming events, funding opportunities, and recent publications.
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.