New to the podcast universe, 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 directly through the Knowledge Platform site. Check back often for new episodes or subscribe using the links provided.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.