21/06/19 Filed in: Article
Conservation Finance Takes Off as the Netherlands Issues One of the Largest Green Bonds Ever
by James Anderson 1, Todd Gartner 1, Alex Mauroner 2, and John Matthews 2
1 World Resources Institute (WRI)
2 Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
The conservation finance market hit a new high-water mark in recent weeks as the Dutch government issued one of the largest green bonds ever: 5.98 billion euros (roughly $6.8 billion). This bond for low-carbon development and sustainable water management will finance, among other things, natural infrastructure solutions in the Netherlands that are crucial for protecting one of the world's lowest-lying countries from floods and sea-level rise.
The enthusiasm for the bond also signals a bigger trend: the shift in conservation finance from a niche market to a mainstream, large-scale investment strategy. Read More...
20/06/19 Filed in: Call for Experts
Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) is in the process of creating criteria for certifying sustainable hydropower projects — those projects that are able to demonstrate climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience benefits. Before any standards for certification are released, CBI is seeking the input
of hydropower stakeholders globally to provide perspectives on their draft Hydropower Criteria for Climate Bonds
. Feedback will be accepted through 2 August 2019. Read More...
13/06/19 Filed in: Newsletter
We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates
, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the June 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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11/06/19 Filed in: Announcement
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of AGWA's secretariat, Nureen Anisha. Nureen is an environmental researcher specializing in freshwater systems and wetlands and their overlap with climate change. An engineer by training, she has worked on several projects on climate change impact assessment and adaptation in Bangladesh where much of her work was closely associated with the human dimensions of water and climate.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Water Resources Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where her thesis was focused on studying the relationship between climatic and surface water quality parameters in the Brahmaputra river basin in Bangladesh. Nureen received her MSc in Climate Change and Development from Independent University, Bangladesh. In her master’s research she comprehensively studied the accessibility of safe drinking water in the climate vulnerable southwest coastal region of Bangladesh.
She has previously worked at the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) in BRAC University based at Dhaka, Bangladesh where she was involved in multiple projects related to climate finance, climate change impacts on river morphology, climate adaptation for riparian communities in the transboundary Ganges basin, the relationship between impacts of climate change and malaria resurgence in the hill tracts of Bangladesh, and more. She is currently a graduate student in Oregon State University, working towards her PhD in Environmental Science. Her PhD research is focused on conducting a holistic system analysis of vast wetlands in northeastern Bangladesh in order to understand the sustainability of the management of the wetlands. Nureen has also worked extensively as an environmental activist in Bangladesh and had her own TV show on national television. Her work and activism have been recognized through numerous awards including a REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship in 2016, The Asia Foundation Development Fellowship 2017, and an American Association of University Women International Fellowship for 2018-19. Read More...
06/06/19 Filed in: Call for Abstracts
Organizers have put out a call for abstracts for the session Practical Challenges in the Application of DMDU Methodologies to Climate Risk Assessment and Management
at the upcoming Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty workshop from November 5-7. The session is convened by Casey Brown (University of Massachusetts - Amherst), Patrick Ray (University of Cincinnati), Umit Taner (University of Massachusetts - Amherst), and Ad Jeuken (Deltares). This session aims to bring in the expertise from both the research and practitioners community to discuss these practical challenges of adoption of DMDU methods, such as (but not exclusively) the World Bank Decision Tree Framework, Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), adaptation pathways, and RDM. Read More...