The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Planning for Change: California Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Summit

On 17- 19 September 2019, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is holding a summit and workshop to showcase current case studies they are leading using bottom-up vulnerability assessment procedures.

The intent of the summit is to foster a discussion about moving from the ambition and vision in Governor Gavin Newsom's April 2019 executive order promoting water resilience, specifically through the use of multi-purpose, collaborative planning under climate change and other uncertain stressors. The press release and executive order from Governor Newsom can be read here:

Registration is required for the summit; both registration and a draft agenda are available here:

A two-day workshop follows the summit and is designed to share experiences around investments and planning under deep uncertainty. More information about both events can be found by contacting

Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

While Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other decisions are made at national levels, real decision making often takes place at the local level where issues of implementation are addressed. How can cities remain resilient in the face of climate change and other uncertainties? What are the best ways to assess and deal with risks? We need to increase capacity for water managers and decision makers at regional and local levels when it comes to planning for sustainable development and resiliency in urban environments.

A new project being co-financed by the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) aims to do just that. The SIWI Swedish Water House, together with Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), is organizing a series of workshops to connect decision makers and local practitioners (cities and municipalities) engaged in climate change adaptation areas. The aim of the workshops will be to train these parties in a set of risk management approaches known as bottom-up approaches. AGWA and Deltares are collaborating members of this project.