Businesses need to address water-related risks arising from climate change impacts to not only their direct operations, but also their local communities, supply chain, and broader network. Failure to do so threatens business continuity and long-term value creation. Companies are already starting to act to build their corporate water resilience in an uncertain future due to climate change.
A new publication on Corporate Water Resilience in an Uncertain Future
is now available from the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, the Pacific Institute, along with CDP, Suez, and the WBCSD. The white paper summarizes the existing literature on the physical water-related risks of climate change to businesses and provides actionable examples of how businesses can address these risks and create corporate water adaption and resilience. Read More...
Private sector investment in green infrastructure can reduce water-related risks and provide multiple co-benefits while helping companies achieve water-stewardship goals.
The next few decades of global water infrastructure investment will be transformative, and the choices that both public and private sector actors make now may determine if the global water crisis that looms in today’s headlines will have been a harbinger of things to come or a turning point. This report from Conservation International makes the case for private sector investment in green infrastructure as part of a broader water stewardship approach that benefits companies, stakeholders in watersheds where those companies operate and source their materials, and the global community committed to sustainable development. Read More...
The 2018 report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is now available online
to view or download. The New Climate Economy
finds that bold action on climate could deliver US$26 trillion in economic benefits to 2030 (cumulative) compared with business-as-usual. It highlights the momentum already underway, the urgent need for acceleration, and the key actions that would achieve this acceleration – in 5 key economic systems including water. Read More...
A new report developed by GIZ provides an overview of available public and private financing sources to implement and sustain EbA measures. It highlights ten practical and illustrative examples to inspire project developers and practitioners interested in exploring different ways to access resources and engagement models for EbA financing. The full report is available here
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A new report from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency provides "a global overview of development scenarios and pathways forward, within the context of the water-related challenges up to 2050." The Geography of Future Water Challenges
uses infographics as well as a narrative storyboard to describe what the world would look like if development continues along business-as-usual trajectories, particularly in the context of water issues. The report highlights the need for an integrated approach to limiting climate- and water-related risks at a global scale. Read More...
Earlier this year Deltares held a workshop entitled "Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction." The goal of the workshop was to explore principles and guidance for planning, design, and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management as an alternative to or complementary to conventional engineering measures.
Following the workshop in April, the World Bank has now published a full report (in English) outlining the principles and implementation steps that will lead to more effective flood risk management. You can access this open-source guidance document for free from the World Bank's website here
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The University of Waterloo's Intact Centre has released a new report on flood resilience in Canada. Preventing Disaster before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities
outlines 20 broadly applicable best practices to design and build new residential communities in Canada that are more flood-resilient. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) supported the development of the report, which included a national consultation, led by the Intact Centre, with over 100 municipal stormwater management experts, engineering consultants, developers, insurers, homebuilders, environmental organizations and other stakeholders in Canada. Read More...
The ‘Bonds and Climate Change: State of the Market 2017
’ report is in-depth analysis of the climate-aligned and labelled green bond markets. The Report quantifies all bonds where proceeds are being used to finance low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure. The dataset of this year's State of the Market includes 3,493 bonds from 1,128 issuers across seven climate themes: transport, energy, multi-sector, water, buildings and industry, waste and pollution, agriculture and forestry. The 2017 report also has a particular focus on cities with ten case studies identifying existing best practice green city bonds issuance along with opportunities for new city based issuance. Read More...
The Nairobi Work Programme has released its synthesis report on health and adaptation. It is now available online
to view or download. Below is a synopsis of the report provided by the NWP.
Climate change presents a risk to health in a variety of ways. The health risks resulting from climate change impacts in countries are changing and the interlinkages between health, climate change and other drivers of global environmental changes are complex and need to be better understood. A large number of activities ranging from policies that are planned and implemented by governments, to various actions undertaken by intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and communities are already under way in order to address climate change impacts on health. However, a number of challenges, particularly with regard to awareness and education, as well as planning, capacity and financial mechanisms continue to limit action on the ground.
In order to better protect human health from the impacts of climate change, numerous collaborative actions need to be implemented. During the 10th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, which focused on health and adaptation, Parties, partner organizations and experts discussed a range of collaborative actions to protect health from the impacts of climate change and to develop resilient health systems.
This document provides a synthesis of information on the impacts of climate change on human health, and on emerging activities, challenges and opportunities for collaborative climate action, including under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. It is based on the information submitted by Parties, partner organizations and other relevant organizations, and inputs from participants during and after the 10th Focal Point Forum on health and adaptation. Read More...
SIWI's Water Report follows and analyzes current and long-term issues that are central to building a water-wise world. The Water Report 2016 discusses Water and Migration, Water in the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, as well as Water for Sustainable Growth.
SIWI has published this report in advance of World Water Week, which takes place 28 August - 2 September in Stockholm. You can see the full press release at http://www.siwi.org/publications/the-water-report-2016/
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This report provides a new approach to reduce key uncertainties for decision makers in Australia. The Interim Guideline for Climate Change for the Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) draws on the most recent climate science and new climate change projections to better inform decision making regarding the region's infrastructure. The approach incorporates numerous factors related to infrastructure and climate change in order to make better plans for new assets and mitigate potential damage to existing ones. Read More...