ClimateIsWater ... in Lebanon!

The UN Development Program submitted an excellent video in the ClimateIsWater series on managing with increasing water scarcity in Lebanon, focusing on agriculture and community scale food and water scarcity. Read More...
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Guest series | Western USA Tour, Entry 2

Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is travelling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.  The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.  

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Anglian Water, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, or AGWA.

I am now past the halfway point of my journey throughout the U.S. In my travels I have done my best to find out more about the competing needs for water, the roles and desires of stakeholders, and the multiple facets of the decision-making process surrounding sustainable water management. My trip has taken me far and wide, and I have met with experts and stakeholders from all walks of life. Below is a glimpse into the most recent part of this journey.
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Guest Blog | Wetlands: A Resource for Climate Mitigation & Adaptation

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An entry from two authors with the international
Ramsar Convention, headquartered near Geneva, Switzerland. Chris Perceval, Head of Partnerships (left), and Rob Cadmus, Manager, Investing in Natural Infrastructure (right)

Protecting and restoring wetlands are opportunities to capture carbon and mitigate climate change and at the same time increase the resilience of the water cycle. It’s also an under-developed, but high potential, opportunity to alter the carbon cycle itself (and the impacts of changes in the carbon cycle) by altering the water cycle as expressed through wetlands. Given the likely gap between climate commitments that are made by countries and what science dictates is necessary, focusing on wetlands is a solution that offers promising potential for the future.
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Guest series | Adaptive decision-making tour in the western USA

Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is traveling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.  The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.  
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Explaining adaptation and water...the video!

From the Rhone-Mediterranean Corsica Water Agency comes an excellent overview video of what adaptation (especially the adaptation of land use and water management) can look like…. with a strong, rollicking disco beat.
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ClimateIsWater .... in Pakistan!

I was fortunate enough last December at the UN climate convention in Lima to meet Usman Mirza from Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD Pakistan). Usman is a young professional man who speaks eloquently about the needs and hopes and resilience of Pakistan and how climate change presents challenges and opportunities for this region and his country.
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The Economics of Water and Climate Change: A New AGWA Video Series

Just released today is a new video series of 20 short-segment discussions by Kathleen Dominique of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)'s Environment Directorate. Kathleen is a friend as well as a great environmental economist now based in Paris. The first is embedded below, but check out the whole series at https://vimeo.com/channels/916116. You might also enjoy an excellent report she wrote on the topic of water and climate change as a national level development challenge — many useful and important insights.

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Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

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Deep uncertainty is a relatively new term that has taken on special meaning around climate change. Deep uncertainty refers to potentially very large risks that are very difficult to estimate or quantify, especially risks that are new or that have not been encountered historically (or in the interaction between risks). And especially in situations in which we badly need or have traditionally expected that we had known, quantifiable risks. Deep uncertainty is perhaps a reframing of "wicked problems." Many of the big threats we face connected to climate change — and many of the big challenges around climate adaptation — are ultimately about deep uncertainty. Flood risk management, fresh water supply, energy, telecommunications, defense, transport, and infrastructure are all examples of fields with challenges related to deep uncertainty. Many investment and policy decisions in these and other fields have significant and often long-term consequences. Moreover, long-term objectives often require near-term decisions. Making sound near-term decisions is critical, yet we live in an increasingly unpredictable dynamic world governed by competing and changing beliefs and preferences. When decision makers and analysts face a deeply uncertain future (e.g. due to climate change), they need more than traditional prediction or scenario-based decision methods to help them to evaluate alternatives and make decisions. Fortunately, there are new methods and tools that can help them to make sound decisions in the face of these challenges.
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ClimateIsWater ... in France!

The second installment of #ClimateIsWater shows André Flajolet — mayor of Saint-Venant, France, and president of the Basin Committee Artois Picardie. Mayor Flajolet addresses how climate change has affected his community and the benefits of taking preventative actions.
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Getting Started Professionally in Adaptation? Some Reflections at a Mid-career Inflection

A lot of people in their 20s or early 30s come to me with questions — how did you get started in climate adaptation work? How should I get started? What kind of education or training should I have? A big question particularly is, How can I get my first job in adaptation? Here are some highly tentative and generalized answers. I hope others pitch in and comment on their own experiences!
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Time+Water+Climate: Thoughts on Three Years of Change

Has our discussion of climate change advanced in recent years? Has the level of attention increased? These questions are not easy to answer. No one takes polls on these issues. How do we see benchmarks of progress — or a lack of progress? I’ve been working on climate and water issues since about 2004, or almost a decade now. My own evolution has been enormous. I think about these issues very differently than I used to, and with luck my changes represent improvement over time. Indeed, my views have gone through several dramatic shifts. That personal evolution is reflected more broadly — many people and many institutions have also shifted significantly over time. Here, I want to compare today with three years ago, between the two most recent World Water Forums.

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Can We Mainstream Water into Global Climate Policy in 2015: Karin Lexén Speaks!

Karin Lexén leads the international policy team for the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and global policy team for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). In Korea at the World Water Forum last month, she spoke about how 2015 is a crucial hinge year for coherence between water and climate policy, and that the outlines for how we go about blending these two areas is becoming clear. This is a great talk, with a lot of significant insight and experience behind it.
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