The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water


Quenching Adaptation's Thirst: Resilient Water Management to Guide Climate Action

Water has long been recognized as a central component of climate change impacts as well as a tool to ensure effective adaptation. In the words of Carter Roberts, CEO, WWF-US, at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen in 2009, “The language of water is the language of climate change.” Nevertheless, miscommunication and misunderstanding remain an issue between the water and climate change communities.

A new Water Background Paper has been prepared as part of a series designed to inform the Global Commission on Adaptation's 2019 flagship report. The goal of this Water Background Paper is to answer the fundamental two-audience question posed by the UNFCCC in 2016: what can the water community do to help advance targets for climate change adaptation, and what can the climate community do to help advance targets for water resilience?

Welcoming AGWA's New Program Officer

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.

United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health

The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU-INWEH) acts as the “UN Think Tank on Water” and contributes to the resolution of the global water challenge through a unique programme of applied research and education. Though they don't operate as a typical university with a physical campus, UNU-INWEH offers training and education through seminar series, online courses, and other opportunities. Through collaboration with a global set of researchers, organizations, and scientists, UNU-INWEH works to help developing countries build their capacity for lasting improvements in human and ecosystem health, and overall reduction in poverty. They work on a number of sustainability, water, and SDG-related issues.

CRIDA Teaser Video and Download Link

How do we make better informed decisions for water management given future uncertainty? How can we mainstream robust, flexible approaches? And how can we institutionalize these methods into consistent, replicable outcomes?

CRIDA -- Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis -- provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners and managers to implement resilient water management globally, with a strong ecological element.

Just published by UNESCO and written through a partnership with Deltares, the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), the Rijkswaterstaat, The World Bank, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), and many others, including strong support from Colorado State Water Center, The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. CRIDA has already been applied in more than a dozen projects, across five continents.

Download your copy today!

Nominations for Stockholm Water Prize 2019

It is already time to start submitting nominations for the next Stockholm Water Prize. Our colleagues at SIWI are seeking nominees that have made great contributions to the water community. The nomination period is open until 30 September.

From SIWI:
"The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible. Submit your nomination! Anyone can submit and it only takes a few minutes to do so."

Find more details about the nominating process and eligibility requirements at

Launch of Alliance for Freshwater Life

The Alliance for Freshwater Life (AFL) is an interdisciplinary network of scientists, conservation professionals, educators, policy experts, creative professionals, and engaged citizens, working to improve the conservation and sustainable use of freshwater ecosystems and the biodiversity therein.

The Alliance has just published its website, now available at, with a formal launch during a showcase at the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm.

AGWA Dinner in Stockholm Leading up to World Water Week

For anyone attending World Water Week in Stockholm, you are welcome to join fellow members of AGWA for an informal dinner on Friday, 24 August. The friendly dinner will take place the day before AGWA's Annual Meeting and two days before WWW officially kicks off. It's a great opportunity to catch up with fellow members, connect with colleagues, and meet new faces.

The dinner will take place at 8:00 pm at Waipo in Stockholm ( Check back on our World Water Week webpage for updated details in the coming week. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form below to give us an idea for reservations and dietary restrictions. We hope to see you in Stockholm!


Join the Roster of Experts of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage

Are you working on averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change? Join the Roster of Experts of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage to volunteer your specific expertise!

Experts register through the Roster of Experts of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. Relevant individuals registered in the roster are contacted by the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism to contribute their expertise in undertaking specific activities of the workplan of the Committee. If contacted experts are interested in working with the Committee as invited, voluntary technical work begins.

Call for expressions of interest in UNFCCC Regional Climate Weeks

The Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the UNFCCC secretariat with the Nairobi Framework Partnership partner agencies and hosted by different Governments in three regions throughout the year. They are so far organized in Africa, the Asia Pacific and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal of Regional Climate Weeks is to support Parties in the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals by mobilizing stakeholders across the region.

Natural Hazards & Nature-based Solutions Platform

A new website has been launched to provide support and resources for those working around nature-based solutions and disaster risk reduction. The Natural Hazards – Nature-based Solutions platform is a hub for projects, investments, guidance and studies making use of nature to reduce the risks associated with natural hazards. Its objective is to host and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned from a range of stakeholders, to provide guidance on the planning and implementation of nature-based solutions, and to champion these solutions in the arenas of policy-making and investment for disaster risk reduction.

Call for comments: Primer on Nature-Based Solutions for Water Management

UN Environment – DHI, UN Environment, and IUCN invite comments on an upcoming publication on Nature Based Solutions (NBS) for Water Management.

A follow up to the UNEP’s Green Infrastructure Guide, this ‘Quick Guide’ is a primer for understanding the multiple benefits of NBS in water management, and identifying entry points to scaling up implementation, based on existing integrated approaches to stakeholder participation.

All feedback on the advanced draft (download here) is welcome, including relevant case study submissions.

The deadline for comments is 15 May, 2018. Feedback and comments can be sent directly to UN-DHI. Read More...

NAIAD Project Presenting at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018

AGWA and SIWI are part of an ongoing EU project called Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD). The project is coordinated by the Duero River Basin Authority and funded under the European Horizon 2020 Program. The goal of the project is to operationalize the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of risks associated with water (floods and droughts) by developing and testing - with key insurers and municipalities - the concepts, tools, applications and instruments (business models) necessary for its mainstreaming.

NAIAD will be presenting at the EGU General Assembly this April in Vienna, Austria. Representatives of the NAIAD project will give a presentation and answer questions as part of Session HS5.4 - "Nature Based Solutions for hydrological extremes and water resource management."

For more information about EGU General Assembly 2018, visit To learn more about NAIAD, visit or check them out on Facebook. Read More...

Keep AGWA at the Top of Your Facebook News Feed!

We hope that you're following AGWA's Facebook page to get the latest news from us as well as climate-centric stories and articles. If not, make sure to check us out at or follow us using @Alliance4Water. To make sure you keep getting updates from AGWA, please see the important announcement below.

You may have heard that Facebook is making some changes to its algorithm. Here's how to update your News Feed Preferences in 3 easy steps:
  1. Go to AGWA’s page on Facebook
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Last chance to submit your abstract or event proposal for World Water Week

Want to host an event or a take part in a seminar during this year's World Water Week in Stockholm? Now is your last chance! Submissions for events and abstracts close this Sunday, 21 January.

Hosting an event during World Water Week
SIWI welcomes all water-related event proposals and proposals that expand on topics raised in the thematic scope such as the 2030 Agenda, green/grey solutions, diversity, water governance, ecosystem values, human health and ecosystems, financing strategies, industrial perspectives, urbanization and sustainable growth. For more information and event proposal guidelines and fees, please visit SIWI's events page or contact

Presenting your scientific work in a seminar
Actors from all disciplines who wish to present their research in the seminars during World Water Week are welcome to submit abstracts. Abstracts can be submitted on any subject related to the issues being addressed by the seminars. The different seminar topics and more information can be found here. For questions, contact

Upcoming deadlines
1 February - Showcase and Field visit submissions will open (deadline 15 March)
16 March - Sofa and Exhibition submissions will open (deadline 30 April) Read More...

Ceres Launching an Investor Water Toolkit

Ceres is a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the economy to build a sustainable future. To support this vision they are launching the Investor Water Toolkit, the first-ever comprehensive resource to evaluate and act on water risks in investment portfolios. The Toolkit is free to use, though it will require logging in to Ceres' website. Accounts are free and quick to set up.

Within the Toolkit, users will receive "how-to" guidance and decision making support for investors. Tools are separated into five easily accessible and understandable modules (see more below). Ceres will also be hosting a webinar exploring the Investor Water Toolkit on 11 January 2018 (details below).

Reminder: LIVESTREAMING Water Action Day at COP23

Friday, 10 November is the second official UNFCCC Water Action Day, where you'll find a full day of events focused on the importance of water in the climate dialogue. AGWA and SIWI are co-organizers along with IUCN, World Water Council, FWP, Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC).

The full day will be LIVESTREAMED on the UNFCCC Climate Change Studio YouTube channel -

The events take place in varying rooms, so make sure to check out the #BlueLineBonn page or the one-page SIWI/AGWA events summary to find out which channel to view. Read More...

Livestreaming Events from COP23

Great news for anyone that couldn't make it to COP23! The UNFCCC has announced that you will be able to virtually participate. They will be live-streaming all official side events via YouTube Live using the UNFCCC Climate Change Studio channel. The broadcast will include presentation slides (as they appear on the screen) and the video of the speaker as available. Note that events will be live broadcast based on local time in Bonn, Germany. They will also be archived for future viewing. Continue reading more below for details and make sure to visit AGWA's #BlueLineBonn page for more information on all things COP23!

AGWA Included in BMZ's Water Strategy

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has released its new Water Strategy. The document outlines BMZ's key contributions to implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. Notably, BMZ voices its support for AGWA as an international network "in the field of water scarcity and water in the context of climate adaptation" (p20).

New Tool for Virtual Experimentation with Aquatic Ecosystems

A new QGIS-based tool (WET: Water Ecosystems Tool) has just been released. WET enables model application and virtual experimentation with aquatic ecosystems. The tool wraps around a coupled GOTM-FABM-PCLake model core, which describes a wide range of physical (1D), chemical and biological processes. WET aims to ease the adaptation of models to individual lakes and drinking water reservoirs, and the tool may be used for research, teaching and management purposes. The concept behind WET has recently been published in Environmental Modelling and Software by Nielsen et al. (open access pdf available here). WET is open source, and will continue to be developed on the basis of ongoing and potential future projects. The website has just been launched, which provides additional information and download instructions.

Services and Opportunities with Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) is a US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded enterprise providing programs and services that support the advancement of water science across the United States and internationally. The CUAHSI board of directors would like to invite you to learn more about CUAHSI services and opportunities in the hydrologic sciences by signing up to receive (1) the monthly e-mail newsletter from CUAHSI, and/or (2) occasional announcements (1-2 per week on average) of specific opportunities with upcoming deadlines.

Newsletter and occasional announcements cover data publication and discovery through CUAHSI's Water Data Center, cyberseminars, training courses and Pathfinder Fellowships for graduate students, community hydrologic modeling initiatives, conferences such as the Biennial Symposium and this year's Conference on Hydroinformatics, and other opportunities and events.

You can sign up to either or both mailing lists here.

One Month Left for World Water Week Early Bird Pricing

You only have one month left to register for World Water Week at a special Early Bird discount. Register by June 30th to take advantage of this reduced rate.

Join the global discussion on critical water issues with experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities. This year's theme is "Water and waste: reduce and reuse."

Nominations for the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize are now being accepted

Do you know an outstanding woman, man or organization who has made significant contributions to the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources? Since 1991, Stockholm Water Prize has recognized individuals and organizations from various fields and continents for their important work.

You can now submit your nomination for the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize! Remember that anyone can submit a nomination, and it only takes a few minutes to do so.

World Water Challenge 2017: First Announcement and Call for Problem Proposals

The organizing committee of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) is pleased to announce that the World Water Challenge 2017 (WWCH 2017) will take place as one of the signature program of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) to be held on 20-23 September 2017 at HICO in Gyeongju city, Republic of Korea.

The World Water Challenge (WWCH) is an international contest and award for individuals and organizations towards solving the global water problems. Since its first launch during the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, it has been aiming to discover imminent water challenges that world is facing and find feasible solutions to them.

The organizing committee cordially invites you to participate in this meaningful event and challenge to be a final winner with an outstanding solution to contribute to solving the water problems arising from all over the world.

Stockholm Water Prize to be Announced on World Water Day (March 22)

On World Water Day (March 22) SIWI will be announcing this year's recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize. The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.

The announcement will be broadcast live on Facebook and shared on social media channels. To view the live broadcast, you are encouraged to follow SIWI on Facebook ( and to use #StockholmWaterPrize. The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. CET.

To receive the official press release immediately following the announcement, sign up for SIWI's mailing list. For more information about the Stockholm Water Prize please visit:

AGWA and SIWI Join EU Horizon 2020 Project on Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD)

Earlier this month, AGWA and SIWI participated in a series of kick-off meetings in Valladolid, Spain for a new three-year EU project called Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD). The project is coordinated by the Duero River Basin Authority and funded under the European Horizon 2020 Program. The goal of the project is to operationalize the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of risks associated with water (floods and droughts) by developing and testing - with key insurers and municipalities - the concepts, tools, applications and instruments (business models) necessary for its mainstreaming. Over 25 organizations from around 13 countries took part in the kick-off meetings.

AGWA and SIWI will contribute to the policy & mainstreaming, communications & dissemination, and basins models & financing instruments components of the project over the coming months and years.

Attend the premier continuing education event for natural resources graduate students and professionals.

Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills through hands-on experience in engaging course work and an off-site field study, preparing you to solve complicated natural resources problems.

Spend a week – or two – on the Oregon State campus with internationally renowned faculty and industry leaders studying natural resources issues. These one-week intensive learning experiences will enhance your leadership skills and prepare you to solve complicated natural resources problems. Tracks can be taken for professional development (noncredit) or graduate credit to be applied to a graduate certificate or a master’s or Ph.D. degree program. Courses take place June 18-23 and June 26-30 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Week one offerings:
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Water Conflict Management and Transformation

Week two offering:
  • Resilient and Robust Resource Management

If you are interested in learning about the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master's Programme, continue reading below.


Free Online Course | Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research is offering a unique free online course on the Impacts of Climate Change and its Impacts in Latin America taught by 21 Latin American scientists to empower resource managers, decision makers, stakeholders, scientists to cope with climate and global changes. The course aims to provide users with a good understanding of current climate change science as well as analytical abilities in the following areas: impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, impact of environmental global changes, international mechanisms to cope with impacts on biodiversity and the economics of climate change

The course will be launched at COP-22. The course promotes Sustainable Development Goals #4, #13 and #17. Read More...

#ClimateIsWater at COP22

The #ClimateIsWater Initiative has some updates leading up to COP22. The online presence of #ClimateIsWater is currently undergoing a transformation. A new webpage is being developed at, so make sure to check back soon to view the updated site.

As for COP22, #ClimateIsWater and the many organizations that take part will have a large presence. They are putting together a calendar of water events at COP22. If you would like to have your event listed, you can contact the initiative.

Please also note that six agoras will be available along the main corridor of the Civil Society Zone. Each agora can accommodate up to 50 people, for one-hour and thirty minutes debates (a slot of 90 minutes each). If you are interested in cooperating with CIW members to hold an event in one of these agoras, contact Solene at FWP who previously made a proposal. Read More...

Guest Blog | US-Spain Water Initiative Seeking Partners in Water Protection, Management, and Governance

This guest blog was written by Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari and Luke Wilson of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC).

The Center for Water Security and Cooperation is announcing the establishment of the United States–Spain Water Initiative (the “Initiative”) with the support of the Spanish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and the Environment and U.S. Federal agencies. And we are looking for you - state agencies, river basin commissions, nonprofit organizations, international organizations, trade associations, commercial entities, utilities, universities and interested parties - to become Partners and lead the conversation in water protection, management and governance.

The Initiative drives collaboration and action on water by bringing together an international multi-stakeholder network of members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss and address challenges. The objectives of the Initiative are to:
  • stimulate conversation and innovate approaches to water protection, management and governance,
  • bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to generate more comprehensive, holistic approaches,
  • provide a sustainable platform for peer-to-peer and interdisciplinary exchanges and knowledge, information and data sharing related to the achievement of water security,
  • complement and enrich ongoing research and innovation,
  • prepare and publish independent guidance reports aiding stakeholders in achieving water security.

Now Available for Public Comment: Fourth National Climate Assessment Draft Outline

The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking public comments on the proposed content and scope of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). NCA4 will be a product of the USGCRP, organized and led by an interagency team. Refer to the current Federal Register Notice for additional information, including the proposed NCA4 outline. To submit input, visit USGCRP’s Contribute page; comments will be accepted through Friday, 29 July 2016. Comments received may be summarized on a non-attribution basis and posted at a later date. Read More...

OECD launches a Global Coalition for Good Water Governance

The following is a guest blog written by Aziza Akhmouch (OECD):

Achieving climate change and sustainable development goals is a shared responsibility across local, regional and national governments but also public, private and non-profit stakeholders. With economic, demographic and urbanisation trends, climate change places additional pressure on water resources and forces governments to do better with less when designing and implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies. This requires robust public policies, targeting measurable objectives in pre-determined time-schedules at the appropriate scale, relying on a clear assignment of duties across responsible authorities and subject to regular monitoring and evaluation. Since their adoption in June 2015, the OECD Principles on Water Governance have been endorsed by 140+ signatories, including several non-OECD countries and above 100 stakeholder groups involved in the OECD Water Governance Initiative. The OECD is currently expanding the base of signatories with a view to create a Global Coalition for Good Water Governance. Whether you represent an international, national, basin or local stakeholder, you are invited to endorse the OECD Principles by 24 August 2016 to join such a Coalition. This will give you opportunities to showcase your success stories, learn from international experience, access the best practice database and voice your views on water governance indicators under development. For more information, please contact Read More...