The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

UNESCO-IHP, AGWA, ICIWaRM, & Partners Organizing Conference on "Bottom-Up" Adaptation

Over the past ten-plus years, various organizations have developed a set of complementary resilient water management tools and approaches that work to address climate risks and other uncertainties in a manner that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. These "bottom-up approaches" have been heavily promoted within the AGWA network and include CRIDA, the World Bank Decision Tree Framework, Decision Scaling, and Adaptation Pathways, among others.

UNESCO-IHP, AGWA, ICIWaRM, and several other institutions have decided to organize a conference to enhance the understanding and visibility of bottom-up approaches for climate resilience, with particular attention given to the special role of climate finance, private sector involvement, and their potential in addressing global climate and development agendas. The event will be geared towards policy and decision makers and water managers, with input from practitioners as well as private and finance sector representatives. Conference dates are tentatively set for early November. The current COVID-19 pandemic will be closely monitored in order to ensure the viability of an in-person conference later this year.

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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.

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CRIDA Publication Now Available | Open Access Guide to Water Resources Management in the Face of Uncertainty

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Global Launch of New Water Resources Planning Framework for Addressing Climate Change and Other “Deep” Uncertainties

PARIS: 23/10/2018: 14:00 CEST

At this very moment immense changes are happening at all scales, from global to local. Climatic, economic, demographic, and land-use shifts are fundamentally altering the ways in which we interact with and manage the planet’s resources — freshwater being chief among them. The stressors on water resources management will continue to increase as population and urban areas grow, and they pose a real risk to economic, social, and environmental security in many parts of the world.

In practice, much of our management of water occurs through the medium of long-lived infrastructure. That infrastructure can easily endure for a century or more — even outlasting the financing and governance mechanisms that created it. Decisions made today about their design, allocation, governance, and operations may have impacts decades away.

For well over a decade, water managers, decision makers, investors, and scientists have been looking for better ways to address risks. The challenge has been to build upon existing decision making processes in order to work with, rather than against uncertainty.

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis, or CRIDA, is a new “bottom-up” stepwise methodology designed for engineering-oriented water decision makers interested in incorporating resilience into planning and operational decisions with stakeholders. The CRIDA methodology begins with the early stages of project planning when stakeholders are engaged and vulnerabilities and future water demands are assessed. The goal is to mainstream robust and flexible approaches to water management by institutionalizing these methods into consistent, replicable, and accessible outcomes — especially in data-poor regions.

Getting to Know the UNESCO Ecohydrology Networking Platform

This guest blog was written by Giuseppe Arduino, Chief Ecohydrology, Water Quality, & Water Education Section at UNESCO-IHP.

The UNESCO Ecohydrology networking platform (web platform; aims to provide access to the information exchange network and the procedure of data sharing and make data on demonstration sites available to all. It is also being designed to be a portal to inform on general ecohydrological events, conferences and seminars, funding opportunities for project proposals and to host the criteria and guidelines and online application to become a UNESCO Ecohydrology programme demonstration site.

The web platform contains a “Demosite Card” for each site, a harmonized/normalised and simplified visualisation of the main characteristics, achievements and results obtained by each demo sites and represented in a one-page format. The results obtained by the demonstration sites are seen as key milestones for the monitoring of indicators to comply with the 2030 Agenda, with reference to SDG 6 on water.

UNESCO-IHP Survey on Youth Employment in the Water Sector

UNESCO-IHP is currently conducting an online survey on “Youth employment and unemployment in the water sector” with the objective of learning more about the employment challenges that affect youth and young professionals within the water sector. The results will inform water-related policy recommendations and programme activities of UNESCO.

This survey is open to anyone aged between 15 and 40, and involved in the water sector. Participation is voluntary and information provided will remain anonymous.

Click here to participate in the survey!

OOSKAnews Interviews on Climate-Water Intersect

OOSKAnews has conducted a series of video interviews exploring the intersects between planetary climate change and the world’s water challenges. The videos feature various professionals from the water and climate communities, providing scientific and policy perspectives on a number of issues. This interview series is produced in association with the World Water Council and the #ClimateIsWater alliance (of which AGWA is a part). Below you'll find some of the recent episodes.