The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 1

The first in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. No matter what your level of policy knowledge is, this article is definitely worth your time.
  1. “The language of water is the language of climate change.” – Carter Roberts, WWF-US
For most of the water community today, it seems self-evident that sustainable freshwater resource management is critical to responding to climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through cleaner energy sources, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, and enabling effective climate-impact adaptive mechanisms for agriculture, ecosystems, cities, and energy systems cannot succeed without taking into account freshwater resources, investments, and knowledge.
In turn, the water community now understands that many aspects of climate policy also have direct impacts on water management decisions, including national and regional energy and water sharing policies, investment and finance strategies for water, and how water projects and their purposes are framed....

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