The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Monitoring & Evaluating Climate Change Activities: Helping Cities Measure Up

Increasingly, cities are taking control of assessing local risks associated with climate variability and change and implementing adaptation strategies to mitigate impacts to their residents and to the economic activity and infrastructure on which they depend. To build resilience, cities will need to incorporate adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategies that effectively measure and assess the effectiveness of adaptation activities and allow for timely improvements to their strategies.

At the July Adaptation Community Meeting the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project will present its work on best practices for monitoring and evaluating urban climate adaptation activities.
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Moving the Needle: A discussion on research and strategic programming at the nexus of climate and health

Climate variability and change present both immediate and future risks to human health. Changes in the frequency, location, and severity of climate impacts are placing more people at risk from health-related hazards such as diminished air quality, extreme heat and violent weather events, and vector borne diseases. How are climate and health practitioners meeting this challenge? What tools are in use for countries to effectively and systematically monitor climate impacts on the health sector? Where are the research gaps and how do we address them?

Join USAID for the June Adaptation Community Meeting as they explore these important questions and seek actionable solutions for strategic programming and future research on the complex interactions between human health and a changing climate.
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Advanced Webinar: Integrating Remote Sensing into a Water Quality Monitoring Program

With a focus on integrating NASA Earth observations into water quality monitoring decision making processes, this advanced webinar series will include a brief overview of data products used for water quality monitoring, an overview of aquatic remote sensing-specific criteria, methods and best practices, obtaining NASA Earth observation data for water quality monitoring, and practical skill building in image processing for water quality monitoring of coastal and larger inland water bodies. The series is part of NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET).
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Raising Ambitions on the Road to COP25

In conjunction with the 50th Session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SB50), the World Water Council will be hosting a one-day workshop to help raise awareness on the importance of water in successful implementation of the Paris Agreement. Co-organized by the #ClimateIsWater Initiative and other key partners, this high level event will aim to build on the outcomes of COP24 and enhance climate ambition —highlighting the key role of water in mitigation and adaptation — as we turn our attention to COP25 later this year.
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Shaping wetlands policy with science for effective actions to address climate change

The release of the 2013 IPCC Supplement and the 2019 Refinement of 2006 IPCC Guidelines provide new opportunities to incorporate wetlands, including peatlands and mangroves in climate change mitigation and adaptation agenda. Provided national capacity is in place, countries could adopt these methodologies for GHG inventories and actions of GHG emission reduction at national and sub national levels.

Programs and projects including USAID funded activities through its Country Missions, and USAID collaborative projects with CGIAR, including CIFOR will be featured in the live discussion through a YouTube server by engaging resource experts who will describe the achievements, opportunities, and existing challenges for the activities in Asia.
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Water Security in an Uncertain Future: Enhancing Water Resources Management and Planning by Reducing Climate- and Weather- Related Risks

Global water security is vulnerable to a range of risks, including those that are climate- and weather-related, such as floods, recurrent droughts and variable rainfall patterns. As these become increasingly more frequent and intense, safeguarding water resources is paramount to achieving development outcomes that help countries become more self-reliant. An integrated approach to water resources planning and decision-making that addresses short- and long-term risks across capital investments in infrastructure, operations and maintenance, and human resources is needed to ensure high quality management and availability of increasingly scarce water resources.

The April Adaptation Community Meeting will focus on climate-related risks to water security and how USAID is responding through water resources management and planning. Approaches include examining climate related impacts affecting transboundary water resources and allocation, integrating a climate vulnerability assessment into decision-making, and use of natural infrastructure to improve water security and contribute to building resilience. The event will feature a panel discussion of relevant USAID-funded activities in Southern Africa, the Mara basin in East Africa, and Peru.
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CRIDA Workshop at University of Idaho

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This two-day workshop at the University of Idaho will focus on a next-generation methodology for assessing and addressing climate risk in water resources management and planning. Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a means for implementing holistic climate-resilient water resources solutions. This workshop is designed to help participants from various disciplines to better understand the novel CRIDA approach while simultaneously exploring potential implications in terms of water governance, engineering, and ecosystems. Dr. John Matthews, a co-author of CRIDA and the Executive Director and co-founder of AGWA will lead the workshop.
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

The UNECE will be hosting a global workshop on ecosystem-based adaptation in transboundary basins at the end of April. The workshop aims to analyse ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in water resource management, by sharing experiences from basins around the world. It will review ecosystem-based approaches and measures to adapt to climate change taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities.

The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat. The workshop is organized in cooperation with INBO, AGWA, IUCN, and WWF.
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Upcoming AGWA Radio Interview

AGWA's Executive Director, Dr. John Matthews, will be interviewed in an upcoming episode of "The Jefferson Exchange" on Jefferson Public Radio. The conversation will center around the recently released paper examining the profound effects of climate change on wetlands across the American West — affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering. According to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, long-term trends towards higher temperatures and less precipitation have altered environmental water quality and reduced waterbird habitat, creating clear winners and losers in bird species and potentially threatening the integrity of the Pacific migratory flyway for many species.

Co-author Dr. Matthews and the paper's lead author, Dr. Sue Haig, will join the Oregon-based radio show. The Jefferson Exchange is described as an interactive program devoted to current events and newsmakers from around the region and beyond. Details for listening in can be found below.
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Seminar on the Geneva List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructure in Relation to Armed Conflicts

The Environmental Law Institute will be hosting a webinar on water infrastructure and armed conflict. Following the recommendations of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, the Geneva Water Hub, a centre of the University of the Geneva, acting as the Secretariat of the Panel, took the lead to draft a List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructure. This set of principles systematizes for the first time the relevant rules of international law protecting water and water-related infrastructure during and after armed conflicts. The principles compile and synthesize provisions from International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law and International Water Law. Please join us for a discussion of the advanced version of the principles.
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