The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Global Resilience Partnership, and AGWA have just published a new book called Wellspring: Source Water Resilience and Climate Adaptation. Wellspring is designed to provide state of the art guidance on how we include ecosystems and nature-based solutions in our resilience portfolio, as well as how we ensure that ecosystems are themselves resilient to a shifting climate. Wellspring includes a foreword by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as case studies by well-known authors as Brad Udall from Colorado State University.
World Water Week 2019 took place from 25–30 August in Stockholm, Sweden. World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues — bringing together experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities. It is organized by SIWI. This year's theme was "Water for Society: Including All." AGWA hosted several events leading up to WWW and convene sessions, panels, and seminars throughout. Visit our WWW page to find out more details on all our events.
An AGWA initiative to support water managers who wish to mainstream climate adaptation into projects and their institutions called CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) has now been published. The Open Access article is available online as a PDF. CRIDA marries decision scaling with adaptation pathways. CRIDA is both a stepwise guide and an expanding community of practice, with a number of emerging regional centers globally and a growing number of implementing partners. The publication is led by the International Center for Integrated Water Risk Management (ICIWaRM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with strong support from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Water & Environment Ministry), Deltares, the World Bank, and the Pegasys Foundation.
We have wrapped up Season 2 of the ClimateReady Podcast, with another set of 10 fantastic episodes and interviews available for your entertainment. We strongly believe that learning and sharing knowledge is a fundamental component of adaptation. With that guiding principle in mind, this podcast is intended for adaptation practitioners and all others interested in learning more about how we can respond to the emerging climate and water challenges of the 21st century and beyond. We feature global experts in policy, engineering, finance, and other sectors who provide us with cutting-edge perspectives and narratives on climate adaptation and water management. All episodes from both seasons are available on iTunes, AGWA's Knowledge Platform, and SoundCloud. Make sure to subscribe and leave us your reviews! We'll be back with Season 3 in mid-2019.
AGWA was asked by UNFCCC Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) to contribute to three regional workshops for roughly a total of 100 national governments on how to help countries and communities adjust to climate impacts expressed through freshwater. Workshops for Africa, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), as well as Asia, the Pacific region, and eastern Europe and the Middle East brought together national adaptation focal points in order to provide them with access and training on the state of the art in climate relevant knowledge. Colleagues from Deltares helped lead the training on climate risk assessment and reduction for the water sector and for coastal regions.
The AGWA Policy Group, coordinated by SIWI, has been very active in 2018. To help synthesize all the ongoing and upcoming activities, they launched their own newsletter beginning April 2018. You can sign up for future issues on the Policy Group page. In other news, several thematic working groups have been initiated and sign-ups have been circulated. A synthesized calendar of activities has been created and shared to highlight events throughout 2019 relevant to the group.
AGWAGuide.org is now the Knowledge Platform on Bottom-up Approaches. The Knowledge Platform (KP) will serve as a hub for tracking trends and application of “bottom-up approaches” for assessing and reducing water-climate risks, including curating, collecting, and pushing out the evidence, capacity building tools, cases, and tools necessary for mainstreaming these methodologies. You can take a look at the new KP that is designed to "engage with researchers, practitioners, and decision makers by providing the information and resources necessary to more effectively address water management issues in the long-term." Visit the KP to find case studies, publications, training material, AGWA's ClimateReady Podcast, and much more.
AGWA with a number of close partners — Ceres, CBI, WRI, and CDP — have been developing a standard for water-related investments issued as green bonds, integrating both climate mitigation and climate adaptation components. The Water Criteria have been developed in two phases. Phase 1 Criteria cover engineered water infrastructure and Phase 2 Criteria covers nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for such purposes as water collection, storage, treatment and distribution, flood protection and drought resilience. Phase 1 Criteria were released to the market in October 2016. Phase 2 of the Criteria, which now accommodates natural capital, was launched on 22 May, 2018. Visit CBI's Water Standards page to learn more about the Standard and download the related documents.
AGWA is part of an ongoing initiative called #ClimateIsWater. This partnership is an effort to elevate the visibility for water within climate change policy dialogue. Comprised of numerous organizations from across the globe, #ClimateIsWater carries a uniform message about the importance of water in the upcoming climate negotiations and elsewhere. The campaign has released a new briefing document for COP23 and beyond that outlines the value of water as a connector.
We have just released the October issue of our monthly e-newsletter. It is available here. The newsletter includes internal updates from AGWA and our network as well as the latest news around climate and water finance, infrastructure, policy, and more. You'll also find new publications from around the web as well as upcoming events and funding opportunities.
The European Project NAIAD, entitled "Nature Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration", coordinated by the Duero River Basin Authority and funded under the European Horizon 2020 Program, aims to operationalise the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of risks associated with water (floods and droughts) by developing and testing - with key insurers and municipalities - the concepts, tools, applications and instruments (business models) necessary for its mainstreaming. AGWA and SIWI are contributing to work packages on both policy and communication. Recently AGWA took part in the project's annual meeting in Slovenia, including a visit to one of the project's demo sites.
The 2017-2018 Annual Report has been approved and released. You can now view or download the document here. It is comprised of a sections reviewing the past year's activities, outlining the plan ahead, and covering administrative/governance issues. AGWA accomplished a great deal in the past year and there is much more planned for the future.