The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Climate resilience

Global Water Forum Article on DRR, Climate Change, and Water

A group of AGWA members has written an article published by Global Water Forum entitled "Mastering disaster in a changing climate: Reducing disaster risk through resilient water management." This article was written to help facilitate constructive dialogue at COP24 around the importance of water in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions. They argue that resilient water resources management serves as the connector between the climate change and DRR communities. The article supports an update of policy, practice, and financing norms in order to better address and adapt to risks facing communities and ecosystems.

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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Are We Tapped Out? How Urban Water Utilities Are Adapting to New Impacts

You can now listen to the latest episode of the ClimateReady Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, or AGWA's Knowledge Platform.
Billions of people worldwide depend on municipal water utilities to deliver clean drinking water and treat their waste. There’s a reason that the word “utility” in English means both an agency or business that provides public services and something that performs consistently, even automatically. What happens when the utility of a utility is under threat? Water utilities are arguably what makes modern cities possible, supplying clean water, treating sewage and industrial waste, securing urban areas as centers of economic growth rather than as cesspools of ill health and disease. Consider Cape Town, South Africa. A city often compared with San Francisco in the US for its optimism, culture, and lifestyle. Cape Town is about a month away from day zero -- the term they use for when their reservoir will absolutely run out of water.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we talk to civil engineer Divindy Grant to learn about a project led by Mott MacDonald to develop resilience standards for water utilities. Tune in to hear more about the ways in which these water service providers are working to ensure that taps continue to flow and toilets continue to flush even as floods, droughts, and sea level rise become more commonplace.

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Calls for Submissions in the Area of Adaptation and Climate Resilience

Share your experience and research, and help scale up climate-resilience all over the world. In response to the invitation of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 44th session, the Nairobi work programme (NWP) has opened three calls for submissions in the area of adaptation and climate resilience.

You are invited to post your organization's submission(s) before 20 September 2017. Your submission will inform the climate negotiations during COP 23 in November 2017, and will be made available to the general public. For further information on the submission process, and to access templates for submission, read more below.

Bringing Nature Back - New Documentary

As climate change takes hold in the Mekong region, the worst effects will be manifested through water.

ICEM's new documentary – Bringing Nature Back – illustrates the benefits of using green infrastructure and bioengineering to build climate resilience in the Mekong Region.

With climate change, the Mekong Region can expect to see more severe droughts, increased floods, and heavy storms. To mitigate the impacts of these events and build climate resilience, we will have to re-envision how we practice infrastructure development. We will have to bring nature back. Read More...