The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Endogenous Technologies and the Natural Capital: Cross-Sectorial Capacities & Adaptation

Endogenous technologies are the first climate technologies, developed through millennia by indigenous communities in response to climate, natural resources and local needs. Historically, they embraced a diverse range of sectors, water management, forestry and agriculture to infrastructure and the built environment.

Since 1970, socio-economic changes have led to the decline of these technologies and it has become apparent that sometimes imported foreign technologies and solutions are not passing the test of time. Growing vulnerability of some regions due to adverse climate change effects, political as well as economic instability means that there is a pressing need to adapt endogenous technologies in developing countries in order to build local resilience. Use of regional materials, labour and adaptation of local »know how« will provide impactful and cost-effective solutions for a long term self-sufficient sustainable development model.

This COP23 side event will take place on 13 November and will be moderated by AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews. Read more about the event below.

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference’s Business Day

The 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference will be taking place 5-9 June in Glasgow. This year's theme is "Our Climate Ready Future." Its goal is to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. ECCA 2017 is held in Europe but the focus is global, with presenters from 48 countries on five continents. The packed programme features three plenary sessions, 85 parallel sessions, a poster drinks reception, a Ceilidh and a film screening.

This year, for the first time, there is a special Business and Innovation programme to be run in parallel with the first two days of the conference. On Tuesday 6th June 2017, The ECCA Business Day will provide a unique setting to learn about what it takes to prepare business for a changing climate. Organizers are offering a reduced one-day rate for the Business Day, but tickets are selling out fast.

Side Event at Bonn Climate Change Conference on Implementation of NDCs

Global Water Partnership, International Water Association and World Water Council, three members of the #ClimateIsWater Initiative are convening a side event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference on 18 May. The event, entitled "Implementation of NDCs – climate finance for water-related adaptation and mitigation action," will be livestreamed on UNFCCC's Climate Change Studio channel.

Two cities - One Region - One Resilience Ambition

Both Dutch cities of The Hague and Rotterdam are part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. As part of a larger Metropolitan Region, both cities have embraced the fact that an integrated approach towards resilience can produce more effective and efficient results. From coast to quay, this region continues to pursue an ambition of climate-resilience on geographical, economic and political levels.

You are invited to join in and as speakers share their thoughts on joint-initiatives between cities to improve regional resilience. Read More...

UNFCCC Adaptation Committee: Establishing a partnership platform to provide technical support

During the Bonn Climate Change Conference, the Adaptation Committee will conduct a side event that on collecting information and assessing support for the establishment of a partnership platform with regional centers, to provide technical support on adaptation to developing countries.

This side-event will provide an occasion to discuss some key findings regarding recent activities undertaken by regional centers and networks on adaptation planning processes and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning, in the context of the Nairobi work programme. Please, be informed that the information note providing a synthesis of the outcomes of these activities will be available online very soon for consideration at SBSTA 44. Read More...