The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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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Can climate services serve African farmers’ needs, at scale? Evidence, good practice, and remaining gaps

Access to relevant climate services for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa has increased substantially over the years, yet uptake and integration in decision making remains highly variable. Many crop farmers, but fewer livestock farmers and pastoralists, with access to climate services act on the information. While estimates of the economic benefits of agricultural climate services are generally positive, uncertainty remains due largely to methodological challenges and evidence gaps between available services and what we know about farmers’ needs.

As climate service practice matures, achieving scale will require overcoming some persistent weaknesses in their design and implementation, and capturing and communicating the benefits of improved climate services for reducing agricultural risk.

At the November Adaptation Community Meeting, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) will present on the state of evidence about the uptake, use and impact of climate services for farming in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on lessons learned from the USAID-supported Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) project, with illustrations from the Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, as well as other USAID-supported agricultural climate services activities in Africa. The presentation will examine how growing evidence provides insights about good practice for agricultural climate services.
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The Global Resilience Summit

Florida Earth Foundation will host The Global Resilience Summit at the world-famous Breakers Hotel and Resort in Palm Beach beginning Tuesday, December 11 through Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Summit will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders, especially in the private and academic sectors, to share ways in which collaboration and partnership can be fostered around resilience themes. Global challenges in resilience are mounting at an alarming rate and no one entity or organization has the ability to make much of a dent in solutions...however, together we might. Using case studies of resilience in coastal communities, opportunities to come away from the Summit with the beginnings of significant impacts based on working together, is the anticipated outcome of this game changing event. As this is primarily an invitation driven event, an atmosphere of camaraderie and partnership will allow C-level executives to be at ease with their colleagues and fellow participants.
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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. As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program marks water’s central role in our work at a special event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health, and security.

The Wilson Center will be hosting a day-long symposium on 28 November, where they will take stock on the 1st year of the 1st U.S. Global Water Strategy; explore new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict; and highlight the centrality of water to global prosperity. The event will also be webcast live.
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