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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