The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Microscopes for Microphones: Bringing Science into Adaptation Policy

Each year climate negotiators gather for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties, or COP, to discuss how to address climate change. But how does science inform climate policy? Is climate policy actually based in science? Should technical professionals become involved in climate policy? If so, how?

In this episode of ClimateReady, we bring in two people neck deep in climate and water policy despite having largely technical backgrounds. AGWA’s Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, interviews the Director of IUCN’s Global Water Program, Dr. James Dalton, about the need for technical perspectives in the world of policy. Together, a biologist and an engineer discuss the challenges of entering a fast-paced arena that sometimes requires compromise and generalizations and the means by which interested (especially young) professionals can enter the fray.

Following their conversation, we hear a “Postcard from the Future” that takes us to Beijing in 2050. Danielle Neighbour of the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center highlights the benefits of coordinated water recycling for addressing water security in urban and rural settings.

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Recap of "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.

On the occasion of the Wilson Center's 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict. A recap of the event, including selected quotes, can be found at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/water-wilson-50-years-water-conflict-and-cooperation.

AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, gave a keynote presentation during this day-long event. His portion of the program can be found in the video recap below at the 35:15 mark.
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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 https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/water-wilson-50-years-water-conflict-and-cooperation. Watch the livestream below.
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