The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Picking Your Climate Battles: When Is Managed Retreat the Best Option?

What happens when climate change renders our homes and communities uninhabitable? Can we maintain our deep place-based connections from afar? As climate change and sea level rise threaten coastal communities, we’re forced to grapple with the fact that not all places will be livable in the not-so-distant future. Following extreme weather events, conversations tend to focus on how to build back. But should we always build back? Who decides? The concept of strategic managed retreat — although controversial — is slowly making its way into the mainstream as a viable, and necessary, adaptation option for many communities threatened by mounting climate impacts.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we hear from Dr. A.R. Siders as she makes the case for strategic and managed retreat as an opportunity to focus on the long-term well-being of coastal and floodplain communities and the lands they call home (http://bit.ly/2RIqRBC). Retreat is not an adaptation solution for every context. But when done in a purposeful, coordinated manner coupled with community involvement, it offers the potential for minimizing risks while avoiding the pitfalls of ad hoc displacement following disasters - a fate that often disproportionately affects poor and marginalized communities with the fewest resources to rebuild or relocate. We discuss the cultural barriers and social justice implications of the approach, and lots more, in this wide-ranging interview.

The show concludes with a “Climate of Hope” story as we hear from our youngest guest ever. Austin Matthews, the son of ClimateReady’s producer, describes what it’s like to be a ten-year-old facing the looming threat of climate change and some of the reasons for his optimism facing the challenge.
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Flood Risk Governance - OECD Call for case studies

The OECD has developed a Checklist for decision-makers and stakeholders to assess the performance of flood risk governance arrangements at different levels, in light of the 12 OECD Principles on Water Governance adopted in June 2015.

As foreseen in the project, OECD is extending a wide call for case studies to collect practical experience and draw policy lessons from a diversity of situations:
  • Those of you willing to participate are invited to fill-in the online Checklist by 2 November 2016 with a specific case of flood risk governance in mind;
  • Alternatively, you can also complete the Checklist in Word version accessible here and return it by email to the OECD Secretariat.
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#ClimateIsWater - Climate Adaptation in Paris

In the fifth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris. This episode features Deputy Mayor Blauel discussing the risk of floods and the future of water security in the city of Paris. She discusses the Paris adaptation plan and the role of the upcoming COP 21 in Paris. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel (vimeo.com/channels/918234) for future installments.
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#ClimateIsWater - Climate Change, Flooding, and Infrastructure in Pakistan

In the third installment of the #ClimateIsWater series is Usman Mirza, the Associate Coordinator of the Water Programme for LEAD Pakistan. Dr. Mirza addresses how climate change has affected Pakistan through flooding and other forms. He offers some solutions such as engaging the population and making changes to infrastructure. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel for future installments.
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#ClimateIsWater - André Flajolet

In the second installment of the #ClimateIsWater series is André Flajolet, the Mayor of Saint-Venant, France and President of the Basin Committee Artois Picardie. Mayor Flajolet addresses how climate change has affected his community and the benefits of taking preventative actions. Make sure to check out this first episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel for future installments.
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