The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

AGWA’s Technical Work
One of the main areas of emphasis for AGWA’s efforts is providing technical guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management. We do this in a number of ways, ranging from on-the-ground projects to technical documents and guidelines. AGWA’s technical projects focus on investment strategies, risk assessment and risk reduction, governance and implementation, and finance. Technical work is driven by the mission of AGWA's Charter and informed by a flexible set of directions known as AGWA's Guiding Elements. Below you can learn more about ongoing projects conducted by AGWA and members of its network.
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As a means of expanding the pool of resources and information for technical managers, AGWA developed a separate website at This site hosts the AGWA Reader as well as pages on the CRIDA initiative, water climate bonds standard, eco-engineering decision scaling (EEDS), and AGWA-U courses. Find out more below.
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Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA)
CRIDA is a technical guidance platform for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. This work is a continuation of a prior AGWA initiative known as its Decision Support System (DSS). The target for the CRIDA technical guidance are water resources engineers and practitioners seeking practical, stepwise guidance to assist in design and planning for climate change resilience in international development. Click here to find out more.
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AGWA Reader
AGWA has released a new resource known as the AGWA Guide to Sustainable Water Resources Management for water managers interested in learning how to mainstream climate adaptation into their work. This resource is intended to serve as more of a self-exploration guide to the broader literature while simultaneously providing more detailed descriptions of current thinking and implementation on sustainable water resources management approaches. On this website, water managers will have access to a wide variety of publications, documents, case studies, and interviews with water management experts. As the knowledge base around climate adaptation expands and improves, so will the AGWA Guide. This resource will evolve over time.
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Decision Scaling & Eco-Engineering Decision Scaling Website
In conjunction with a new Nature Climate Change paper by AGWA members, we have created a capacity-building companion site to help guide water managers in understanding how Eco-Engineering Decision Scaling (EEDS) can support their work. The site tells the story of how shifting paradigms drove engineers and ecologists to work together through EEDS, while also explaining the development process and the methodology itself. The site features videos, interviews, and much more information about the emerging risk assessment methodology for water managers.
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World Bank's Decision Tree Framework
AGWA members Patrick Ray and Casey Brown (both of University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Hydrosystems Research Group) have published a new book on the World Bank's Decision Tree framework, which ties into previous and ongoing AGWA work. The Decision Tree Framework provides resource-limited project planners and program managers with a cost-effective and effort-efficient, scientifically defensible, repeatable, and clear method for demonstrating the robustness of a project to climate change. The book, part of the World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository, can be found here.
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Beyond Downscaling
Beyond Downscaling is AGWA’s first major publication, launched in September 2014 at World Water Week in Stockholm. The book, available both as a PDF and iBook, explores a bottom-up approach to climate adaptation for water resources management. Composed of descriptive text as well as video commentary, this book provides explanations and analysis of “bottom-up” methods for risk-based decision-making and adaptation of vulnerable water systems, considering the effect of uncertain information. To find out more, including how to download this free resource, click here.