The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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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One Planet Summit

On March 14, the third edition of One Planet Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit will bring together global leaders, entrepreneurs, international organizations, and civil society to help accelerate and focus attention on climate investments in line with the Paris Agreement. The main themes will focus on promoting renewable energy, fostering resilience and adaptation, and protecting biodiversity in Africa. Discover how the World Bank Group is helping African countries advance climate action in all these areas.
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Supporting Planning and Financing for Climate Adaptation

Since mid-2014, the USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity has provided technical assistance for climate adaptation as well as clean energy and sustainable landscapes. This support has included financial and economic analysis, planning, policy analysis, and strategies for obtaining public and private financing. CEADIR is implemented by Crown Agents USA and Abt Associates.

February’s Adaptation Community Meeting will focus on three examples of CEADIR’s support for climate adaptation: Designing and developing public-private partnerships for disaster risk reduction in three medium-sized cities in India using mandated corporate social responsibility contributions; Training on incorporating climate adaptation in local planning for key value chains and biodiversity and leveraging public and private finance in Madagascar; and Training key stakeholders on adaptation planning and financing for fisheries and agriculture in Senegal.
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Driving Equitable Climate Transitions: Linking Governance Frameworks for the Climate Change, SDG, and Green Growth Agendas

World Resources Institute (WRI) will hold its 12th Greening Governance Seminar at its Washington, DC offices next week. The seminar will explore better ways in which to coordinate governance efforts around SDGs, NDCs, green growth strategies, and other transformative agendas.
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Keeping the Baby in the Bathwater: Integrating Climate Resilience in Existing Water Planning, Design and Operations

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will host a free webinar on the new CRIDA methodology for resilient water management planning and decision making under uncertainty. The lead authors, including AGWA's Coordinator, will guide participants through CRIDA and its potential applications, while also exploring complementary methods for mainstreaming resilience into water management.

Water infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems are both exposed to potentially significant but uncertain climate impacts given their long lifetimes, but most climate risk frameworks remain separate from how we actually make water decisions. A global coalition has assembled a new approach to understanding climate risk that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) integrates analytical and stakeholder approaches to assess impacts and risks within a quantitative framework. Decision makers can negotiate performance tradeoffs between ecological, infrastructure, and social resilience. CRIDA emphasizes a shared vision between stakeholders and decision makers to define robust, flexible solutions. CRIDA has been applied in a dozen countries for a wide range of issues. Here, the presenters will discuss the emergence of methodologies such as CRIDA for water managers, planners, investors, and decision makers, and how they can enable us to integrate and mainstream resilient perspectives into existing work streams.
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Climate Bonds Conference & 4th Green Bond Pioneer Awards

Registration is now open for the biggest green bond event of 2019, focused on green investments, green markets and financing green infrastructure. Join 1,000 participants from over 60 nations setting the direction of climate finance for the next decade, network with peers at the Green Bond Pioneer Awards, help us reach green trillions in the 2020s.
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CRIDA Publication Launch Event

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis, or CRIDA, is a newly published methodology for addressing deep uncertainties within water resources management planning and decision making. The CRIDA guidance manual was launched in late October 2018 as a co-publication between UNESCO and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), a UNESCO center in the USA.

Deltares, AGWA, the Netherlands Environment and Infrastructure Ministry, the World Bank, and many others have led the development of CRIDA over the years. CRIDA has been implemented in more than a dozen countries, from small scale water utility projects to national water management policy and transboundary flood control issues.

During this event hosted by Millennium Challenge Corporation, participants will hear from CRIDA's authors as well as institutions and individuals with experience implementing CRIDA through real world case studies.
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Moving Climate Services Forward: A Systems Perspective

Governments, companies and individuals rely on accurate, timely, and accessible climate and weather information to make well-informed decisions and become more resilient to the changing climate. Climate services operations differ among countries and regions, reflecting diverse social, economic, and legal contexts, and national priorities. There are, however, common components of the climate services system that create the opportunity to share lessons and identify common principles that can be tailored to local, national, and regional circumstances.

The World Bank, the USAID-funded Learning Agenda on Climate Services, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are collaborating to identify these commonalities and create a forum for sharing information to help move climate services forward. To learn more about emerging best practices and the latest research, join expert CIS practitioners at a November 27 learning workshop, Moving Climate Services Forward: a Systems Perspective.
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