The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

inDepth Water Perspectives

Arup has recently released the inDepth Water Yearbook, a Guide to the Global Water Industry. In coordination with this publication, they are now presenting inDepth Water Perspectives - thought pieces from renowned global water industry experts. Each contributor has been asked to consider ‘The Future of Water’ in the context of critical global water risks focussing on their own region of the world and specific business imperatives.

The collection of ‘perspectives’ from around the world include issues relating to water scarcity, changing sea levels, water usage in the food & drink industry, in transport, technology water solutions, integrated water management, the cost of water – to name but a few. AGWA members have contributed several articles to this initiative and their pieces can be found on this page. Read More...

INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Seeking Reviewers for New Publication on Climate Adaptation in China

The INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group is currently seeking reviewers for their new publication on climate adaptation in China. They have released this seven-minute video, which premiered at COP21, to illustrate how China has been working to understand and respond to climatic risk. If you enjoyed the video and are interested in reviewing the publication, please read below. Read More...

World Water Week: Last Call for Abstract and Event Submissions

The deadline for Abstract and Event Proposal Submissions for this year's World Water Week is this Sunday, January 24. Abstracts are now welcome from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the seminars during 2016 World Water Week in Stockholm. An abstract can be submitted for oral presentation or for poster presentation. More information about the abstract submission process can be found at Read More...

AGWA Updates: January 2016

The latest issue of AGWA's monthly newsletter is now available at In this issue you'll find outcomes from COP21, emerging trends in infrastructure, ecosystems, and finance, as well as a great deal of climate change news, funding opportunities (particularly large this month), and some notable new publications. Read More...

#ClimateIsWater - Climate Change Impacting Impoverished and Vulnerable Communities

In the thirteenth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is José Gesti, Water and Sanitation Specialist for UNICEF. Mr. Gesti talks about the effects of climate change on some of the most impoverished and vulnerable communities around the globe. Climate change can harm food security through floods or droughts, increase the spread of diseases, and decrease the amount of fresh water available for drinking. Mr. Gesti outlines some of the actions that UNICEF is taking around the globe as examples supporting the implementation of climate resilient Water Safety Plans. He also discusses how the new Sustainable Development Goals are a way for the global community to address Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) issues head on.

This video is the latest in the #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking for future installments and news from the campaign. Read More...

Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong

The world's most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in construction of hydropower dams. These projects address important energy needs, but advocates often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity and critically important fisheries. Powerful new analytical tools and high-resolution environmental data can clarify trade-offs between engineering and environmental goals and can enable governments and funding institutions to compare alternative sites for dam building. Read More...

Free Global Environmental Education Online Course

We would like to share an exciting opportunity with you - an online course open to all (students, non-students, credit, non-credit) starting on 1 February 2016. It’s a trans-disciplinary approach so includes not just environmental education but also environmental sociology, environmental governance, environmental psychology, environmental communication, and natural resources management. 580 students from over 80 countries have signed up as of mid December 2015, so it’s a great opportunity to network with environmental professionals around the world.

You are encouraged to form local or interest groups—e.g., students at a university or professionals in a stewardship organization could take the course as a group. For non-credit (Cornell certificate) participants, it’s free.

Course information is available at and below is announcement. Read More...

OOSKAnews Voices: Warming Climate, Rising Waters at the Paris COP: Green Bonds, #ClimateIsWater, and Marrakesh

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages.

In this piece, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) reflects on his experiences at the recently concluded COP21 talks in Paris. Read More...