The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Open Letter in “Science” Calls for Better Integrating Freshwater Conservation into Policy Objectives

A letter in Science, published today and co-authored by our own Ingrid Timboe, highlights an alarming statistic from the most recent Freshwater Living Planet Index (FLPI), published in the 2018 Living Planet Report (LPR) showing an 83% decline in monitored freshwater species. Most significantly, the rate of decline of freshwater species has risen with each report. Despite warnings from over a decade ago that the protection of freshwater biodiversity is “the ultimate conservation challenge” and “immediate action is needed,” conservation is evidently failing freshwater biodiversity and solutions must be found.

Additional research to form a better understanding of the species present in our freshwater ecosystems, and the ecological functions of these ecosystems is important. However, equally important as the need to do better science to fill the data gap is the need to do a better job at translating this science and data so that others can use them. It is essential that we engage policy makers and water managers at the local level in our research in order to better understand and represent the diverse needs of the communities living with freshwater biodiversity loss.
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Water: Addressing the Global Crisis - an open online course

Water is the defining issue of our age. That's why the United Nations SDG Academy and SIWI have joined forces to create the open course Water: Addressing the Global Crisis, covering the latest water trends.

Unpredictable and unsustainable access to water is a rapidly growing problem and one of the world’s greatest risks. We must learn to manage water more wisely, fairly and sustainably to avoid global crisis.

The course brings you some of the world’s leading experts and practitioners and is aimed at development professionals, private sector actors, water activists and advanced students.
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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Microscopes for Microphones: Bringing Science into Adaptation Policy

Each year climate negotiators gather for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties, or COP, to discuss how to address climate change. But how does science inform climate policy? Is climate policy actually based in science? Should technical professionals become involved in climate policy? If so, how?

In this episode of ClimateReady, we bring in two people neck deep in climate and water policy despite having largely technical backgrounds. AGWA’s Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, interviews the Director of IUCN’s Global Water Program, Dr. James Dalton, about the need for technical perspectives in the world of policy. Together, a biologist and an engineer discuss the challenges of entering a fast-paced arena that sometimes requires compromise and generalizations and the means by which interested (especially young) professionals can enter the fray.

Following their conversation, we hear a “Postcard from the Future” that takes us to Beijing in 2050. Danielle Neighbour of the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center highlights the benefits of coordinated water recycling for addressing water security in urban and rural settings.

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Submit Your Abstract for World Water Week 2019!

World Water Week welcomes abstracts from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the scientific seminars during World Water Week in Stockholm.

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and held annually in Stockholm, World Water Week is the focal point for the globe’s water issues. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators, and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

Submissions for abstracts, events and Young Scientific Programme Committee are already open. The submission deadline for the 2019 World Water Week is 20 January 2019.

Please read more about the nine seminar topics here and on how to submit on the World Water Week submission site.
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OOSKAnews COP24 Coverage | Climate and Water at COP24: Will We Catch the Current or Be Trapped in the Eddies?

In this article for OOSKAnews, AGWA's coordinator reflects on this month's 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the evolving recognition and presence of "water" as a voice in the UNFCCC. Though water is becoming more prevalent in climate discussions, there are still mounting challenges to address. Adaptation finance and a number of underlying risks in investment frameworks need additional consideration if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to effectively transition into action.

Read the full article at https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2018/12/climate-and-water-cop24-will-we-catch-current-or-be-trapped-eddies_177435
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AGWA Updates: December 2018

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the December issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. We include a special section on the ongoing COP24 in Poland. Plus, as always it is full of the latest news on the intersection of climate and water from the fields of climate change adaptation, climate finance, policy, and much more. Stay updated! Stay informed!

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Recap of "Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation"

Water is critical: it grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity.

On the occasion of the Wilson Center's 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict. A recap of the event, including selected quotes, can be found at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/water-wilson-50-years-water-conflict-and-cooperation.

AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, gave a keynote presentation during this day-long event. His portion of the program can be found in the video recap below at the 35:15 mark.
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New Policy Briefs to Support COP24 Dialogue

AGWA's Policy Group continues to push for greater integration of resilient water management approaches within the global climate change agenda. Together with SIWI, the Policy Group has prepared several position papers and policy briefs covering a wide range of topics in advance of COP24. Access them below.
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Global Water Forum Article on DRR, Climate Change, and Water

A group of AGWA members has written an article published by Global Water Forum entitled "Mastering disaster in a changing climate: Reducing disaster risk through resilient water management." This article was written to help facilitate constructive dialogue at COP24 around the importance of water in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions. They argue that resilient water resources management serves as the connector between the climate change and DRR communities. The article supports an update of policy, practice, and financing norms in order to better address and adapt to risks facing communities and ecosystems.

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