16/04/19 Filed in: Seminar
Global water security is vulnerable to a range of risks, including those that are climate- and weather-related, such as floods, recurrent droughts and variable rainfall patterns. As these become increasingly more frequent and intense, safeguarding water resources is paramount to achieving development outcomes that help countries become more self-reliant. An integrated approach to water resources planning and decision-making that addresses short- and long-term risks across capital investments in infrastructure, operations and maintenance, and human resources is needed to ensure high quality management and availability of increasingly scarce water resources.
The April Adaptation Community Meeting will focus on climate-related risks to water security and how USAID is responding through water resources management and planning. Approaches include examining climate related impacts affecting transboundary water resources and allocation, integrating a climate vulnerability assessment into decision-making, and use of natural infrastructure to improve water security and contribute to building resilience. The event will feature a panel discussion of relevant USAID-funded activities in Southern Africa, the Mara basin in East Africa, and Peru. Read More...
08/10/18 Filed in: Special Session
The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
is the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), and the primary platform for knowledge sharing and learning amongst adaptation practitioners in the region. The sixth edition of the Forum will be held from 17 to 19 October 2018 at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila, jointly hosted by the Governments of the Philippines and Palau, and the Asian Development Bank. The Forum will focus on learning from actions towards climate-resilient development.
On Thursday of the three-day forum, the Asian Development Bank is convening a session on "Nature-based approaches to sustainable and resilient infrastructure development."
AGWA's Coordinator will give a keynote presentation, which will be followed by a panel discussion that includes numerous AGWA members and collaborators. This session falls within the broader stream of "Resilience of industry and the built environment." Read More...
11/09/18 Filed in: Conference
for the AQUACROSS Final Conference "Ecosystem-Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity – Practice and Lessons Learnt" is now available online.
The conference will bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss cross-cutting topics related to the protection of aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss the added value of integrative policy and assessment frameworks for the protection of aquatic biodiversity with lessons learnt from 8 case studies, other research projects and ongoing policy initiatives. Read More...
15/05/18 Filed in: Special Session
Under the auspices of the EU Bulgarian Presidency, the MEP Water Group and the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO are co-organising a public session on the new United Nation World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2018 ‘Nature-Based Solutions for Water’ on the 22nd of May at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The WWDR2018 demonstrates how nature-based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means to address many of the world’s water challenges, while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development. The main policy messages and findings from the report will be presented during the public session, followed by a high-level panel discussion. Read More...
09/03/18 Filed in: Webinar
World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22nd. It is a day to focus attention on the key importance of our planet’s freshwater resources and to push for greater recognition of their sustainable management. IWRA's "Nature for Water" webinar explores nature-based solutions for current water issues. From droughts to floods and personal water insecurity to region-wide water security tensions, this year’s World Water Day theme is a call to understand and explore the role of nature in addressing and solving our water issues. Read More...
13/10/17 Filed in: Webinars
On behalf of the Water Consortium, the Climate Bonds Initiative has released Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure
for public consultation.
The Water Criteria are a key component of the science-based Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme - a screening tool for investors, development banks and governments, which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions. A 60-day public consultation period for the Phase 2 Criteria opens on 16 October. Two webinars
about the new Water Criteria have been announced: 25 October and 20 November. Details are below. Read More...
13/02/17 Filed in: Workshop
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being used for flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation, especially in developing countries where they are most needed. Examples are the use of mangroves for wave reduction and erosion control and the use of urban green spaces for retention of storm waters. If properly implemented, NBS can aid in reducing flood risk while also providing additional benefits for people, the economy, and nature conservation. However, effective implementation is challenging, as it requires integration of different disciplines and the active involvement of government and communities. In addition, proper metrics for success and adequate monitoring methods are yet to be defined. Since NBS are currently not tested to the same standards as traditional grey infrastructure, trade-offs in terms of engineering and economics are still hard to make.
The World Bank, Deltares, UNDP, and Ecoshape will be hosting a two-day workshop on scaling up NBS flood risk reduction. The meeting will focus on producing guidelines for the effective implementation of green and hybrid solutions to reduce flood risk in urban, riverine, and coastal settings. Read More...