The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

LIVESTREAM: "Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation"

Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity.

Join this live webcast right now as organizers and speakers look back on 50 years of Wilson Center research and analysis on water and its role in conflict and international cooperation. This event will feature experts on water from across academia, development, diplomacy, and the private sector. Organized in cooperation with US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Wildlife Fund.

The event will feature a keynote presentation from AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, around 9:45 a.m. EST. You can find more details, including the program, at Watch the livestream below.

Harnessing Nature to Manage Rising Flood Risk

Press Release from WWF

WASHINGTON, D.C. (24, May 2017 - 8:00am ET) – Worldwide, flood risk will continue to rise as cities grow larger and rainstorms become more intense, making conventional engineering insufficient as the sole approach to flood management. “Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide” released today by WWF, introduces an integrated framework for flood management, drawing on policy, green infrastructure and conventional engineering to help communities adapt and better manage growing flood risk.

Now Available for Public Comment: Fourth National Climate Assessment Draft Outline

The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking public comments on the proposed content and scope of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). NCA4 will be a product of the USGCRP, organized and led by an interagency team. Refer to the current Federal Register Notice for additional information, including the proposed NCA4 outline. To submit input, visit USGCRP’s Contribute page; comments will be accepted through Friday, 29 July 2016. Comments received may be summarized on a non-attribution basis and posted at a later date. Read More...

USAID ACM Series: Connecting Freshwater Knowledge to Climate Practice

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...

#ClimateIsWater - PARA-Agua Project in Colombia and Peru

In the eleventh episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Sergio Claure, Chief of Party for the PARA-Agua Project - an initiative funded by USAID and implemented by Aecom International Development. In this episode Dr. Claure explains some of the work that PARA-Agua is doing in Peru and Colombia to combat climate change and assist water managers in the numerous river basins. He also provides some great suggestions on how the global community can respond to climate change through building capacity, raising awareness, and supporting the scaling up of pilot projects. Lastly, he explains an intriguing concept used by PARA-Agua called "twinning" that allows communities to build off of each other's strengths and experiences.

Since these projects take place in Colombia and Peru, we made another video in Spanish to provide better access to those who it influences the most. This shorter episode further dives into the work of the PARA-Agua Project, but features Ms. Cristina Portocarrero Lau, Deputy Chief of Party – Technical.

Make sure to check out for more episodes to come! Read More...