THE CLIMATEREADY PODCAST

Now in its second season, the ClimateReady Podcast features interviews and segments on emerging trends in the intersection of climate and water. Experts in policy, engineering, finance, and other sectors will provide cutting-edge perspectives and narratives on climate adaptation challenges and opportunities. The podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other podcast platforms. You can also listen directly in the sections below. Check back often for new episodes or join the community using the links provided. Make sure to subscribe and leave us your reviews!

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SEASON 2

Ep. 8 - What Would Hammurabi Do? Adaptive Governance and Climate Change

Civilizations have always depended on water. It’s no surprise, then, that laws pertaining to water and water governance have been around for thousands of years. All of that experience shows how difficult it is to govern water well. Climate change compounds these challenges.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we look at multiple scales of water law through the example of a single river basin — from local allocation issues to national policies to international conventions. We are joined by Dr. Emma Carmody, an environmental lawyer for the Environmental Defenders Office of New South Wales and an expert in governance for the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia. Emma also lends her expertise as a legal advisor for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. We discuss Australia’s influential Water Act, the need to adapt policies in light of climate change, and the role of broader international agreements in driving local and national environmental policy.

Following the main interview, we have a “Postcard from the Future” sent by Alan Hesse, a cartoonist, freelance conservationist, and creator of the upcoming “Polo the Bear” comic on climate change. Alan draws attention to the important and often undervalued relationship between science and the arts.

You can find out more about Emma’s work with EDO in the Murray-Darling at bit.ly/edo-nsw or www.edonsw.org.au. For information on Alan’s upcoming comic book due early 2019, visit www.millgatehouse.co.uk.

#Murray-Darling, #Australia, #MillenniumDrought, #WaterAct, #waterlaw, #governance, #allocation, #Ramsar

Ep. 7 - A High Probability of Uncertainty: How Do We Plan with Unknowns?

Nobody has data from the future - it hasn’t happened yet. But for centuries we’ve assumed that the past can predict the future. What if it can’t anymore? Will engineers and planners become consumed by inaction and climate uncertainty?

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a new five-step water resources planning framework that helps address deep uncertainties associated with climatic, demographic and land-use change. CRIDA tackles the hardest part of climate adaptation: those times we need a hard number as engineers and economists, especially in parts of the world where may not have access to much data.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we are joined by three of the lead authors behind the recently-released publication. Drs. Guillermo Mendoza, Ad Jeuken, and John Matthews each lend their perspectives on how an engineer, a climate scientist, and an ecologist (respectively) came together to create a new vision of resilience in water management planning and decision making.

The CRIDA publication and additional resources are available at http://agwaguide.org/CRIDA. The guidebook is a co-publication of UNESCO IHP and the Integrated Center for International Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), a UNESCO center in the United States.

#CRIDA, #uncertainty, #watermanagement, #climatechange, #risk, #infrastructure, #resilience, #adaptivemanagement, #UNESCO, #ICIWaRM

Ep. 6 - Fight or Flight: Coastal Community Adaptation

In 2017 nearly 10 percent of U.S. citizens were affected by major disasters. Hurricane Harvey that year was estimated to have resulted in more than $120 billion alone to southeastern Texas. After a tradition of coastal management that paved over wetlands, channelized floodplains, and pushed poor communities into low-lying areas, many coastal communities now also experience sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, and increasingly severe weather.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we bring in author, professor, and photographer Elizabeth Rush to discuss her latest book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. We interview Elizabeth to find out more about vulnerable coastal communities around the United States — from New York to Louisiana to California. In Rising, climate change is no longer a problem of the future but an imminent threat. Through poignant stories, we hear how communities handle these realities on their own terms.

Following our main interview, we asked Elizabeth to read an excerpt from her book that would be especially relevant for our listeners. She examines the complexities around “risk” and arrives at some really insightful conclusions about how perceptions are shifting over time.

This fall Elizabeth Rush will be hitting the road to celebrate the publication of her book, RISING: Dispatches from the New American Shore. See full tour schedule by clicking here.

#sealevelrise, #coastalwetlands, #flooding, #floodinsurance, #UnitedStates, #environmentaljustice, #wetlands, #climatestories, #resilience, #Rising

Ep. 5 - Ensuring Adaptation: Nature-Based Solutions to Reducing Risk

Infrastructure or ecosystems? Nature or economic development? Historically, those have been the tensions expressed about investing how we innovate, grow economies, reduce the impact of disasters, and alleviate poverty relative to preserving natural systems and ecological integrity.

Climate adaptation has shifted the terms of this long-standing debate. Traditional gray infrastructure is harder to design and maintain to be resilient. Nature-based solutions (NbS) work better in some situations, such as when we need more flexibility or face higher levels of uncertainty. Is a middle ground appearing?

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we bring in Dr. Elena Lopez Gunn to discuss her leadership to study, demonstrate, and ultimately quantify the insurance value of nature through a project she is leading known as NAIAD. This EU-funded project aims to expand the evidence base around NbS for reducing flood and drought risk while creating the business and financial frameworks necessary for operationalizing these approaches.

After our main interview Al Meghji, an MPA candidate at Cornell University, sends us a “Postcard from the Future” for a glimpse into the world of 2070 and some advice on how we can focus our efforts now to create a more equitable and livable society in the future. Stick around until the end for next year’s winning lotto numbers!

#naturebasedsolutions, #greeninfrastructure, #disasterriskreduction, #naturalcapital, #insurance, #ecosystems, #NAIAD, #Europe

Ep. 4 - “C” is for Climate Change: Lessons About Climate Change Education

For most students, climate change is a topic they’ve heard about — maybe a topic they really care about. While nearly every discipline is affected in some way by climate change, the subject is often relegated to the natural sciences. How can we make sure that the next generation of professionals — and global citizens — can think critically about impacts and adaptation?

In this episode of ClimateReady, we bring in someone who quite literally wrote the book on that. Dr. Rob Wilby is a professor of hydroclimatic modeling at Loughborough University in the UK, and author of Climate Change in Practice: Topics for Discussion with Group Exercises. Rob tells us about the best ways to engage with students, even the most skeptical ones, in order to get them interested in the subject while providing them with the critical thinking and transdisciplinary skills they’ll need well after graduation. We also cover the role of continued education and the need for training outside of classroom settings.

Following the main interview we have another “Postcard from the Future.” This time we’ll hear from our very own ClimateReady co-host, Ingrid Timboe, in order to get a better understanding of the gaps in university training around water.

#education, #university, #climatechange, #criticalthinking, #interdisciplinary

Ep. 3 - Adapting Funding to Fund Adaptation: Tales from Manila

How can we know if a climate adaptation project will be effective and useful? Unlike mitigation and meeting emission reduction targets, adaptation measures are often open to interpretation. Yet institutions funding these efforts are expected to use standard evaluation criteria to distinguish between options and maximize impact and return on investment.

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we talk with a global expert from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) who also happens to have a background with the UNFCCC -- giving her policy, operational, and investment insights. Xianfu Lu is the ADB’s focal point for climate change adaptation and she schools us about how finance institutions are influencing adaptation projects, as well as how investment is shaped by climate and development policies. We also learn about the perception of climate change in Asia in contrast to other regions.

Following the main interview, we have a “Postcard from the Future” featuring Kathryn Pharr, a researcher at the University of Oxford, who brings us a message from a popular environmental superhero of the 1990s.

#AsianDevelopmentBank, #UNFCCC, #sustainabledevelopment, #MDBs, #adaptationfinance

Ep. 2 - Go with the Flow: Managed Rivers, Unmanaged Climate

Freshwater ecosystems are in trouble. For centuries -- and until very recently -- rivers and ecosystems were always managed using history as a reference point. As we move into an era of uncertainty surrounding climate and hydrology, how should we think about ecosystem management in the future?

In this episode of ClimateReady, we meet with Dr. LeRoy Poff, a Professor in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University and Chair of its Ecology Graduate Program. LeRoy is a leading authority on aquatic ecology and lead author behind the seminal environmental flows (“eflows”) theory on river restoration and management. For the last 20 years, eflow science has been used to guide management and policy around ecosystem performance and natural flow regimes in regulated rivers. However, the underlying assumptions of this theory and practice are being tested by climate change. With an updated take on eflows, LeRoy explains how we must move beyond the natural flow regime to meet the challenges of a non-stationary and changing world.

Following the main interview, we have a “Postcard from the Future” from Stephanie Lyons, a climate, environment, and water consultant with a story from Vietnam.

#environmentalflows, #naturalflowregime, #rivermanagement, #ecosystems, #non-stationarity

Ep. 1 - Women, Water, Wisdom: Making Space for Traditional Knowledge in Western Climate Policy and Practice

The Pacific Ocean is the most sparsely populated region on earth, while the island nations and peoples are also among the most threatened by climate change impacts. The isolation of these islands geographically is even akin to their isolation from western climate science and global climate policy discussions. In a time of rapid environmental, economic, and cultural change, how can we help these peoples and countries cope? Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) or indigenous ecological knowledge provide a valuable understanding of nature and culture to promote hope and positive action.

In the first episode of Season 2, we meet Tui Shortland, Director of Te Kopu, Pacific Indigenous and Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction. Tui is a climate change leader for many of the island nations in the Pacific, and she’s worked hard to create space for indigenous peoples and women in the international climate policy community. New openings have appeared recently. Fiji recently hosted COP23 in December 2017, and the UNFCCC has created a new means for voices from non-state actors such as NGOs, ethnic and indigenous minorities, gender groups to participate in climate negotiations structured through a Polynesian tradition called “Talanoa dialogues." Tui describes a positive, urgent vision for residents of the Pacific Islands who have done little to contribute to global climate change but now face a highly uncertain future in their homelands.

Following that conversation, we bring in AGWA’s Coordinator, John Matthews, to kick off a brand new segment called “Postcards from the Future.”

#TraditionalEcologicalKnowledge, #indigenouspeoples, #culturalenvironmentalism, #InternationalWomensDay, #climatepolicy, #PacificIslands, #NewZealand

SEASON 1

Ep. 9 Pt. 2 - Rivers to the Rescue! Understanding the Benefits of Ecosystems in Adaptation

Can ecosystem services and biodiversity improve climate resilience? Water management has historically been viewed through a narrow, results-driven engineering lens that tends to undervalue the contributions of the very natural systems being modified. However, there is growing recognition that so-called green infrastructure and the ecosystem services they produce - such as floodplains for flood control or mangrove forests for carbon sequestration and coastal zone buffers - can provide more effective and less expensive water management than traditional solutions. Perhaps new problems can lead to new solutions.

If that’s the case, how can we better integrate ecosystems into the planning and design processes for water management? In this special two-part episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we examine the role of nature-based solutions in climate adaptation in Mexico. An international team has been working to change both the practice and policy of water management at a national scale, fueled by mutual concern over climate change and the risks of losing ecosystems as well as their natural capital.

Using a new framework known as Eco-Engineering Decision Scaling (EEDS), this method helps to assess tradeoffs and guide practitioners through Mexico’s National Water Reserves Program. We’ll feature interviews with Dr. Ted Grantham of UC Berkeley and Ninel Escobar of World Wildlife Fund Mexico.

#nature-based solutions, #green infrastructure, #environmental flows, #rivers, #Mexico, #adaptation services, #EEDS, #ecosystems

Ep. 9 Pt. 1 - Rivers to the Rescue! Understanding the Benefits of Ecosystems in Adaptation

Can ecosystem services and biodiversity improve climate resilience? Water management has historically been viewed through a narrow, results-driven engineering lens that tends to undervalue the contributions of the very natural systems being modified. However, there is growing recognition that so-called green infrastructure and the ecosystem services they produce - such as floodplains for flood control or mangrove forests for carbon sequestration and coastal zone buffers - can provide more effective and less expensive water management than traditional solutions. Perhaps new problems can lead to new solutions.

If that’s the case, how can we better integrate ecosystems into the planning and design processes for water management? In this special two-part episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we examine the role of nature-based solutions in climate adaptation in Mexico. An international team has been working to change both the practice and policy of water management at a national scale, fueled by mutual concern over climate change and the risks of losing ecosystems as well as their natural capital.

Using a new framework known as Eco-Engineering Decision Scaling (EEDS), this method helps to assess tradeoffs and guide practitioners through Mexico’s National Water Reserves Program. We’ll feature interviews with Dr. Ted Grantham of UC Berkeley and Ninel Escobar of World Wildlife Fund Mexico.

#nature-based solutions, #green infrastructure, #environmental flows, #rivers, #Mexico, #adaptation services, #EEDS, #ecosystems

Ep. 8 - Are We Tapped Out? How Urban Water Utilities Are Adapting to New Impacts

Billions of people worldwide depend on municipal water utilities to deliver clean drinking water and treat their waste. There’s a reason that the word “utility” in English means both an agency or business that provides public services and something that performs consistently, even automatically. What happens when the utility of a utility is under threat? Water utilities are arguably what makes modern cities possible, supplying clean water, treating sewage and industrial waste, securing urban areas as centers of economic growth rather than as cesspools of ill health and disease. Consider Cape Town, South Africa. A city often compared with San Francisco in the US for its optimism, culture, and lifestyle. Cape Town is about a month away from day zero -- the term they use for when their reservoir will absolutely run out of water.

In this episode of ClimateReady, we talk to civil engineer Divindy Grant to learn about a project led by Mott MacDonald to develop resilience standards for water utilities with the World Bank. Tune in to hear more about the ways in which these water service providers are working to ensure that taps continue to flow and toilets continue to flush even as floods, droughts, and sea level rise become more commonplace.

#waterutilities, #urbanresilience, #cities, #climateresilience, #climatechange, #watersecurity, #WASH

Ep. 7 - New Approaches to Managing Risk: Climate Adaptation in Zambia

In 2015 a drought in Zambia led to failures at the Iolanda Water Treatment Plant, which serves Zambia’s capital and largest city. Changes in water availability and decreased hydroelectric output threatened water treatment capacity. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US foreign aid agency, piloted a new bottom-up climate adaptation approach to help build robustness and flexibility into the rehabilitation and management of the water treatment plant. This approach, known as Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), combines state of the art techniques to develop robust solutions through stakeholder involvement while simultaneously assessing risk with flexible and governance-sensitive approaches, operations, and implementation. We chat with Marc Tkach of MCC to hear about this innovative project.

@MCCgov, #CRIDA, #Zambia, #drought, #climaterobustness, #decisionscaling, #adaptationpathways

Ep. 6 - Designing & Planning for Resilience in Water Infrastructure

Water infrastructure is expensive and long-lived. How do we design and plan for resilience if we can’t see what the future holds in terms of climate or other relevant drivers? The World Bank’s Decision Tree Framework is a new tool – one of a suite of “bottom-up approaches” – that embraces uncertainty. It allows users to assess and address long-term climatic and non-climatic risks. In this episode Dr. Patrick Ray explains how the process works, where it’s being implemented, and how institutions can incorporate the DTF into their water management projects.

@PatrickARay, @WBPubs, @WorldBank, #decisiontreeframework, #uncertainty

Ep. 5 - Climate Finance & Green Bonds

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast we learn more about the critical role of climate finance, including the growing role of green bonds within the $90+ trillion bond market. Our guest is Anna Creed from Climate Bonds Initiative, an investor-focused not-for-profit focused on mobilizing the bond market for climate change solutions. Ms. Creed discusses the need for standardizing certified green bonds and the development of criteria for Water Sector bonds. You'll be amazed at what's going on in the world of climate finance!

@ClimateBonds, #Greenbonds, #finance, #investment

Ep. 4 - Climate Change & Community-based Adaptation in the Himalayas

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast we focus on some tangible on-the-ground efforts in climate adaptation. We interview Ms. Neera Shrestha Pradhan, a Water and Adaptation Specialist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). She tells us about a flood early warning system run by small villages that has saved countless lives already and really empowered communities. It's a cross-border collaborative effort that helps vulnerable communities become more robust to floods and climate change.

@icimod, #Nepal, #Himalayas, #resilience, #flood, #monitoring

Ep. 3 - Decision Making Under Uncertainty

This episode of the ClimateReady Podcast focuses on the uncertainty so often found in the decision making processes related to water management. Climate change, demographic shifts, political and socioeconomic changes all introduce levels of uncertainty that must be dealt with. Dr. Marjolijn Haasnoot of Deltares discusses how this is being addressed through bottom-up methodologies, including a process known as "Adaptation Pathways."

@deltares, @Lijnonline, @deepuncertainty, #adaptationpathways

Ep. 2 - COP23 Water & Climate Policy Primer

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast we take our listeners into the world of climate-water policy in the lead up to COP23 in Bonn (Nov. 6-17). Maggie White, Manager of International Policies at Stockholm International Water Institute as well as AGWA’s Co-Chair, joins in the discussion along with AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews. We learn about the importance of international policy as a means for scaling up innovative and critical adaptation strategies, ways in which the scientific and policy communities can better coexist, and what will take place at COP23 this November.

@siwi_water, @COP23, #BlueLineBonn, #ClimateAction

Ep. 1 - Climate Adaptation Crash Course

In the inaugural episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we interview Doug Parsons, host of the America Adapts Podcast. We discuss the challenges and opportunities in communicating adaptation issues to diverse audiences. The conversation turns to some key concepts in adaptation/mitigation fields, laying the groundwork for future episodes.

@usaadapts, #climatechange, #resilience, #podcast

About the Knowledge Platform

The Knowledge Platform is designed to promote and showcase an emerging set of approaches to water resources management that address climate change and other uncertainties -- increasing the use of "bottom-up approaches" through building capacity towards implementation, informing relevant parties, engaging in discussion, and creating new networks. This is an ongoing project of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) funded by the World Bank Group.


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http://alliance4water.org

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