The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

International RiverFoundation and the upcoming International Riversymposium

This article was written by Carla Littlejohn, General Manager, Portfolio & Partnerships at International RiverFoundation

The International River Foundation (IRF) is a Not-For-Profit organisation that champions integrated river basin management for the restoration, protection, sustainable management and resilience of our world’s rivers. For over 20 years, the IRF has been promoting and supporting effective management of these resources by facilitating knowledge sharing, education and best practice river basin management, and by recognizing and rewarding those making a difference. Our programs include the International River
symposium and the prestigious International RiverPrize, which recognizes the outstanding work of our river stewards and communities around the world. We draw upon our large networks, and seek to build new ones, to revive the world’s rivers through multi-sector partnerships and are committed to supporting positive ecological, economic and social outcomes through our programs.

We are currently in the throes of planning the 22nd International River
symposium, which will be held in Brisbane 20-24 October ( This year’s event will attract over 500 delegates from 30 different countries. There will be over 150 presentations and 15 interactive workshop sessions over 3 days, promising a diverse range of sessions that will bring together river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, community and not-for-profit organisations, businesses and industry representatives from around the world to build relationships, share ideas and inspire others. This years’ theme of ‘Resilient Rivers’ recognises the urgent need to build the capacity of our rivers and communities to recover from disturbance, such as extreme weather events, and return to a healthy state. The road to resilience can be a complex journey with the interdependence of environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Don't miss out on attending the 22nd International River
symposium! Join over 500 delegates from 29 countries for an exciting program that will change the way you think about resilient river systems. Full registration pricing and the Group Discount deal ends on 30 September. Register now at


AGWA Updates: September 2019

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the September 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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Investing in Water: Infrastructure + Technology

This article was written by Zara Amer, CEO, The Climate Change Project

Climate change will be felt through water
Climate change will be felt through water as it alters the quality, amount, distribution and timing of available water. By 2025, one in every two people on the planet will live with water stress. For one in nine, the problem is already here. ⁣

All our existing water problems will be significantly exacerbated by climate change which is already having a measurable effect on the water cycle. Ecosystems, industries and communities will be affected as the global water crisis intensifies.⁣

In an attempt to better understand how the global water sector was evolving to meet the global water challenge, I produced and recently published the
Investing in Water: Infrastructure + Technology report. Over the course of 7 interviews I spoke with experts about the water infrastructure investment gap, the cost of the global water challenge, and we discussed how new technologies are changing the way in which water is being managed and used.

The small investing he still does is all focussed on one commodity: water
In 2017, I wrote a blog called
The Business of Water, inspired by the end credits of the movie The Big Short. ⁣

The semantics inferred a very bleak, unbalanced view of the future and in order to better understand that future I decided to produce a report that explored how Dr Michael Burry was investing in water. ⁣

That report was going to be called
Investing in Water Rich Farmland. Five research calls in my focus shifted from almond farms, high net worth investors and the secretive world of family offices to the kind of water investing that might serve a greater purpose and benefit everyone.