The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

#ClimateIsWater Stories - How climate change is affecting people, places, and ecosystems across the globe, and how we can respond resiliently
In the thirteenth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is José Gesti, Water and Sanitation Specialist for UNICEF. Mr. Gesti talks about the effects of climate change on some of the most impoverished and vulnerable communities around the globe. Climate change can harm food security through floods or droughts, increase the spread of diseases, and decrease the amount of fresh water available for drinking. Mr. Gesti outlines some of the actions that UNICEF is taking around the globe as examples supporting the implementation of climate resilient Water Safety Plans. He also discusses how the new Sustainable Development Goals are a way for the global community to address Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) issues head on.
In the twelth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Laurent Bellet, Energy and Water Advisor for the Sustainable Development Division of Electricité de France (EDF). Mr. Bellet talks about the changes in La Mer de Glace glacier in France due to climate change and how they have affected power generation in the area. These issues are an illustration of the challenges in designing infrastructure in light of changing climate and shifting water resources. He also outlines some of the approaches to sustainable water management being done by EDF in Europe.
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.
This video is in addition to the eleventh episode of the #ClimateIsWater series. This shorter episode further dives into the work of the PARA-Agua Project, but in Spanish. Ms. Cristina Portocarrero Lau, Deputy Chief of Party – Technical, provides great details into her work at PARA-Agua. Since these projects take place in Colombia and Peru, this video is done in Spanish to provide better access to those who it influences the most.
In the tenth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Jamie Pittock, Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University. In this episode Dr. Pittock explains the issues facing the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia and outlines some of the solutions that the Australian government has implemented to address these challenges, such as nationalized water accounting and managing groundwater and surface water in conjunction.
In the ninth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Todd Gartner, Senior Associate and Manager of the Natural Infrastructure for Water Project at World Resources Institute. This episode focuses on the potential of green infrastructure to serve as a solution to some of climate change's impacts. Todd also discusses how we can better manage our water resources and think about infrastructure investments in the face of an uncertain future and a new climate reality.
In the eighth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Rafaela Schinegger, Freshwater Ecologist and Senior Scientist at the University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna. This episode focuses on how climate change affects river hydrology and freshwater fish. Rafaela discusses some of the urgent actions needed to address the issues facing mountain rivers, fish species, and entire ecosystems.
In the seventh episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Yara Daou, Project Research Assistant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Climate Change Projects. This episode highlights some of the work being done by the UNDP Climate Change team at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment through their pilot project "Rainwater Harvesting from Greenhouse Tops". The project has both climate adaptation and mitigation components in addition to socioeconomic benefits for local farmers. Funding for the project was made available by the Lebanon Recovery Fund.
In the sixth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator for Restore America's Estuaries. This episode features Ms. Simpson discussing the value of coastal watersheds, living shorelines, and "blue carbon" in climate adaptation and mitigation. She also spends time discussing some of the problems facing coastal wetlands such as ocean acidification, habitat loss, and carbon emissions due to wetland degradation.
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.
In the fourth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Daniel Murdiyarso, Principle Scientist for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Dr. Murdiyarso addresses how climate change has especially affected vulnerable coastal communities in Indonesia via sea level rise and loss of productivity. He also explores the relationship between coastal areas and the inland hydrological cycle and explains the role of the IPCC guideline for wetlands and coastal wetlands.
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.
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.
The inaugural episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Brad Udall of Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Center. Brad addresses how climate change has affected the people and area around him, with specific emphasis given to the Colorado River.