AGWA is part of an ongoing effort to help make cities more prepared for and resilient to shocks and stresses to their water systems. The City Water Resilience Framework is a project developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. Leaders from the project gathered together at World Water Week last month to discuss early observations, reflect on the importance of governance, and lay out the potential role of the Framework in helping cities prioritize actions and investments to become more resilient.
On 17 July the UNDP NDC Support Programme hosted a webinar on "Green Bonds as Financial Instruments for NDC Implementation
." A video of the event, including presentations, is now available online.
The event provides a brief overview of the topic of green bonds, barriers for international debt capital markets to invest in a consistent manner into emerging markets, how aggregation of project assets and refinancing through proceeds of green bonds can accelerate NDC implementation. It considers structures that can be designed for replication across countries. This is accompanied by three inspiring examples of how such investment structures can work in practice.
OOSKAnews recently conducted a video interview with AGWA's Coordinator, John Matthews, as a follow-up to an OOSKAnews Voices column
by Dr. Matthews on COP23. This video interview explores these matters further, with focus on the past and future roadmaps for increasing recognition of the importance of adaptation in global climate considerations, and the place of water as a "connector" across climate change discourse. Read More...
World Fish Migration Day
will take place on 21 April, 2018. Over 2000 organizations, from New Zealand to Hawaii, will be involved in this third edition of WFMD. If you'd like to find out more on the upcoming events or the key messages, take a look at this great video featuring Dr. Zeb Hogan of the National Geographic Wild television channel.
World Fish Migration Day is a one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. Read More...
In 2015 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations, setting 17 goals for each country to reach by 2030. For the first time, a water goal was set which is ambitious and complete. Water is also essential to the other 16 goals. French Water Partnership (FWP) has created new material to help everyone understand the SDGs and the important role of water within each of the 17 goals. Read below to access the PDF "SDGs User Guide" as well as an infographic poster and video. Read More...
The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) has produced a video series on SDG 13, including an installment featuring AGWA member Karin Lexén of SIWI. The Sustainable Development Goal 13, “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, is vital for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals. Sven Harmeling (CARE International), Karin Lexén (SIWI) and Colin McQuistan (Practical Action) discuss why action on climate change is urgently needed, introduce their organizations’ engagement in taking stronger climate action and highlight priority areas of intervention. Read More...
Millennium Challenge Corporation
has launched a new video outlining the basic principles behind Decision Scaling, Adaptation Pathways, and CRIDA. This fun and short video uses a case study example to explain the tenants of these methodologies and how they can be used by water managers to face uncertainty. Take a look below!
On January 21, 2016, USAID's Adaptation Community held a meeting on connecting freshwater to climate practice with Dr. John Mathews from the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. The video of this presentation and ensuing discussion can be found below. Overview of Webinar
Most expressions of climate change are water change, and primarily freshwater change. Freshwater changes, including variations in water flows and seasonal precipitation patterns, are a major way that climate change impacts natural ecosystems and economies. Many aspects of climate change adaptation must focus on resilient water management in order to be effective. However, the long lifetimes of water infrastructure such as dams, and the complexity of water stakeholder interests, are just some of the factors that have led to an under-appreciation of the important cross-sectoral role of water management in effective climate change adaptation. This webinar will examine concrete examples of how programming that addresses engineering, financial, and public policy elements of water management can and must lead to shared insights and new paths of action for adaptation to changes in freshwater dynamics resulting from climate change. Read More...
IISD Reporting Services has come out with a great video produced by Tasha Goldberg and filmed/edited by Nemo Allen. The video, entitled "The Pivotal Role of Water in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation," was created as an output of COP21 in Paris.
On Monday, 7 December 2015, UN Water hosted a panel discussion on the Pivotal role of water in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The event brought together representatives from national and local government with private sector, to discuss the impacts of climate change on water. Panelists underscored that mitigation and adaptation actions may not be mutually exclusive, identifying the need for collaboration and increased investment and further expressed hope for the Paris outcomes.
Recently in Paris 16 water organizations came together to bring the voice of water to the climate negotiations. The #ClimateIsWater initiative took its first steps at COP21 and will continue on to COP22 and beyond. Below is a great video produced by FWP featuring world leaders at COP21 all echoing the same message - CLIMATE IS WATER. Make sure to check out our #ClimateIsWater page
for more information and videos from the campaign!
As part of the global #ClimateIsWater Initiative
and the unofficial “Water Day” at COP21, AGWA organized an event to promote the value and understanding of water considerations within the climate change debate.
During this half-day event, Dr. John Matthews, Secretariat Coordinator for AGWA, gave a presentation on freshwater resilience entitled "Resilience & Water: Towards a New Vision for Sustainability." This video provides insight into the threats, vulnerabilities, and uncertainties facing freshwater and how the global water community can respond resiliently.
The video team at Arup have created another amazing video for AGWA, this time focusing on the importance of water in climate adaptation. The video is part of the international #ClimateIsWater
Initiative. Watch the video below to find out how talking about climate
means talking about water!
During World Water Week in Stockholm, AGWA Steering Committee member Christine Chan took some time to interview Steven Loiselle, Senior Freshwater Research Manager for FreshWater Watch. The two discussed the citizen science approach utilized by FreshWater Watch and how it relates to similar bottom-up approaches supported by AGWA. Dr. Loiselle explains some of the benefits of citizen science, including how it can help bridge the gap between science and policy. You can watch the full interview in the video below.