The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

AGWA Updates: August 2019

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the August issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. As always it is full of the latest news on the intersection of climate and water from the fields of climate change adaptation, climate finance, policy, and much more. Stay updated! Stay informed!

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Special Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast

In this special episode of ClimateReady, we take a look back at last season’s “Postcards from the Future.” In these segments, we ask what the world may look like in the face of a changing climate. Guests offer up a range of possibilities, each providing a different take on the problems and — more importantly — the solutions we as a society can take to become more ClimateReady.

Whether you’re new to the show or an avid listener, we think you’ll enjoy hearing from all of the insightful “Postcard” contributors: John Matthews (1:30), Stephanie Lyons (9:04), Kathryn Pharr (13:39), Ingrid Timboe (16:22), Al Meghji (21:27), Elizabeth Rush (25:24), Alan Hesse (27:57), Danielle Neighbour (32:00), and Dr. Raha Hakimdavar (37:15).

Season 3 of ClimateReady is coming soon. Make sure to subscribe to stay up to date as new episodes are released!
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AGWA Updates: July 2019

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the July issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. As always it is full of the latest news on the intersection of climate and water from the fields of climate change adaptation, climate finance, policy, and much more. Stay updated! Stay informed!

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Closing the Gap: New tool to track water solutions for Ceres Investor Network Members

This article was written by Robin Miller, Manager, Investor Engagement, Water Program at Ceres
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For the last eight years, investors, corporate executives and policymakers have
ranked water crises and extreme weather events (exacerbated by climate change) among the top five threats to economic growth and geopolitical stability. Additionally, the latest figures from the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 indicate that sizable parts of the global population still lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation (29 percent and 61 percent respectively) while only 59 percent of all wastewater is safely treated.

The funding needed to address the global water crisis remains comparably extensive. In the United States alone, the
American Water Works Association estimated that through 2050, $1.7 trillion USD would be needed to maintain water infrastructure. A survey in 2017 found that over 80 percent of countries reported insufficient financing to meet national water sanitation and hygiene targets.

So, how are we going to finance the solutions to the water crisis?
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Conservation Finance Takes Off as the Netherlands Issues One of the Largest Green Bonds Ever

Conservation Finance Takes Off as the Netherlands Issues One of the Largest Green Bonds Ever
by James Anderson 1, Todd Gartner 1, Alex Mauroner 2, and John Matthews 2
1 World Resources Institute (WRI)
2 Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
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The conservation finance market hit a new high-water mark in recent weeks as the Dutch government issued one of the largest green bonds ever: 5.98 billion euros (roughly $6.8 billion). This bond for low-carbon development and sustainable water management will finance, among other things, natural infrastructure solutions in the Netherlands that are crucial for protecting one of the world's lowest-lying countries from floods and sea-level rise.

The enthusiasm for the bond also signals a bigger trend: the shift in conservation finance from a niche market to a mainstream, large-scale investment strategy.
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