The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

World Fish Migration Day 2020

This guest blog was written by Roxanne Diaz, World Fish Migration Foundation Communications Manager.

Migratory fishes are a strong, remarkable group of species. There are more than 1,100 freshwater species which migrate a distance of more than 100 km; some swim over 11,000 km over the course of their lifetimes. They navigate using the currents, magnetic fields, and with their sense of taste and smell. Migratory fish are a crucial link in the food chain and play an important role in creating healthy and productive river systems.

They support billions of people around the world who depend on them for food, sport, research and intrigue. Because of this, we need to ensure the survival of these species for generations to come. But many times, fishes do not receive the proper attention they deserve.

To raise the awareness of these overlooked species, the World Fish Migration Foundation coordinates World Fish Migration Day every two years. World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global celebration to improve the public's understanding of the importance of migratory fish and free-flowing rivers and how to reduce our impacts on them. On this day, thousands of organizations, schools, aquariums, zoos and communities organize their local events to educate and excite people about migratory fish species and our collective reliance on healthy free-flowing rivers.

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Lessons from Chiloé, Chile: Transforming Natural Resource Governance Amid Environmental Change

Environmental change is not occurring in isolation, especially for communities and groups who may live close to and depend very directly on local ecosystems for their livelihoods and economic wellbeing. Climate change in most places is occurring in conjunction with cultural shifts, political reorganization, and globalizing economic impacts. While economic, environmental, and social change tended to happen gradually in the past, many regions are now struggling with managing a bewildering array of forces, many of which they have little control over, forcing difficult decisions whose implications may be hard to manage much less foresee. Governance — especially around management of natural resources — must evolve in order to better address the interests of a growing number of stakeholders in increasingly complex socio-environmental systems.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we bring in environmental anthropologist Dr. Sarah Ebel to discuss an ongoing example of transformative governance in Chile. Drawing on nearly a decade of work with coastal fishing communities, Dr. Ebel describes how legislative changes to Chile’s fisheries management plans and a rare shift towards “polycentric governance” have impacted local fishermen, indigenous groups, the aquaculture industry, and the environment — topics she further covers in the book Chiloé. We also discuss the role of “individual agency” in our quest towards resilience and much more.

The show concludes with another “Climate of Hope” story as part of an ongoing collaboration with the World Youth Parliament for Water, where Alex Whitebrook highlights encouraging trends from China’s industrial and agricultural sectors.

AGWA Updates: January 2020

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the January 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. 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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Reflections on a Fantastic 2019

As we enter into a new year and a new decade, we have a great deal of reasons for excitement and hope. At the same time, we have much to be proud of in terms of accomplishments over the past year. AGWA — and the water community as a whole — made great strides in 2019 around water-centric adaptation.

Most importantly, we in the secretariat want to formally express our gratitude to both the members of the network we serve as well as to our two primary sources of core funding: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Institutionale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as Deltares and the Dutch Infrastructure and Water Management Ministry.

Here are just a few highlights of 2019:

Global Water Forum Article | "Financing sustainable growth through climate bonds"

Representatives of AGWA and WRI have written an article published by Global Water Forum on "Financing sustainable growth through climate bonds." In this short essay, the authors demonstrate the integral role of finance as a tool for addressing climate change — including specific messages for the water management community. The essay highlights the work being led by Climate Bonds Initiative to standardize green and climate bonds for adaptation, mitigation, and resilience. A specific set of criteria for evaluating water infrastructure projects, which includes resilient nature-based solutions, has been growing in use. So far, more than 8 billion USD for climate-resilient water infrastructure from private sector investors, across six continents, over the past three years.