TRAINING AND ENGAGING WITH PRACTIONERS

TRAINING AND DISCUSSION

Institutionalizing bottom-up approaches requires technical understanding as well as knowledge on how to implement the techniques discussed. Putting these approaches into practice will require training and dialogue with experienced practitioners.

This page will highlight training, education, and professional development opportunities as well as materials that can be used in workshops and seminars. Plus, you'll find forums and avenues for engaging with practitioners knowledgeable on the subject matter.

 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Upcoming Events & Courses

  • 23-30 August 2022. Evaluating Ecosystem Services with Remote Sensing. This training will outline the basics of ecosystem services and natural capital accounting. It will also provide an overview of how Earth Observations (EO) can be used to support global frameworks and initiatives such as standards set by the United Nation’s System of Environmental Economic Accounting (UN-SEEA). Participants will receive information on techniques and tools for using EO in natural capital accounting such as the use of land cover mapping, time series analysis, and modeling efforts conducted with the Natural Capital Project via the InVEST software, The Artificial Intelligence for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) Project, and more.

Past Events

  • 22 March - 30 June 2022 | Análisis de decisiones basadas en el riesgo climático (CRIDA) [SPANISH version]. UNESCO has organized a self-paced course as part of its online Open Learning Platform. The course will have two versions over the same dates: a Spanish and an English version. Participants will be introduced to Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), which provides guidelines to assess water security vulnerabilities due to climate variability and change, and provides guidance on the development of adaptation pathways for water resources management. The course consists of 11 modules each that present the CRIDA approach through a set of video lectures and hands-on exercises, as well as presenting a set of global CRIDA case studies.
  • 28 February - 30 May 2022 | Introduction to Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) [ENGLISH version]. UNESCO has organized a self-paced course as part of its online Open Learning Platform. The course will have two versions over the same dates: a Spanish and an English version. Participants will be introduced to Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), which provides guidelines to assess water security vulnerabilities due to climate variability and change, and provides guidance on the development of adaptation pathways for water resources management. The course consists of 11 modules each that present the CRIDA approach through a set of video lectures and hands-on exercises, as well as presenting a set of global CRIDA case studies.
  • 4 May 2022 | New Insights on Nature-Based Solutions for Adaptation: Ramping Up Action through NBS Initiatives. AGWA & WRI are co-organizing a webinar on the ways in which Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) can be better mainstreamed as climate adaptation actions from policy, finance, and implementation perspectives. Key findings from a brand new WRI working paper will be featured along with a keynote and panel discussion.
  • 9 March - 5 April 2022 | Challenges, Lessons, and Innovations for Strengthening Integrated Flood Risk Management. The ADB’s Water Sector Group is organizing a five-part webinar series specifically designed to engage flood managers, decision-makers, technical specialists, and ADB program professionals for an exchange of ideas and experiences directed towards strengthening the practice of flood management across Asia.
  • 6-10 December | Building with Nature. In a series of daily presentations and conversations moderated by Weitzman Professor of Practice Matthijs Bouw, Penn faculty members and other American and Dutch experts discuss the various aspects of this approach to hydraulic engineering and design that harnesses the forces of nature to benefit environment, economy and society. Through case studies, the speakers will demonstrate the application of the Building with Nature approach in various landscape types. Like initiatives such as the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering with Nature, Building with Nature is at the forefront of a renewed appreciation of nature-based solutions for our current climate and biodiversity crisis which have attracted support from governments and institutions including the World Bank. This series is co-hosted the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC and Wharton Risk Center, and made possible in-part with funding from the Government of the Netherlands.
  • 29 November | Climate Smart Utilities – Tools for adaptation under uncertainty. IWA’s Climate Smart Utilities initiative is supporting utilities to strive towards achieving carbon neutrality while adapting to climate change. This webinar showcases application of adaptation tools that can support utilities in adapting to climate change under uncertainty as an overall strategy to ensure climate resilience. The focus in this webinar will be on bottom-up risk assessment approaches such as Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) and the Decision tree framework (DTF) which provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management. Examples will be shared on how such tools can be used to identify potential risks and vulnerabilities to municipal water supply systems and to propose concrete adaptation measures for reducing future risk to water security.
  • 26-28 October | Climate-Resilient Water Management Approaches: Application Towards Climate Action and 2030 Development Agenda. Hosted by UNESCO IHP, AGWA, and ICIWaRM, the objectives of this global virtual conference are: 1) to introduce participants to the technical and practical components of bottom-up approaches for climate adaptation; 2) to share a global set of case studies; 3) to identify the policies and institutional capacity needed to more widely incorporating these approaches within national climate programs, climate finance, and the private sector; and 4) to present the outcome of the conference to policy community at COP-26. The conference will also contribute to the formulation of strategies for the 9th Phase of IHP (IHP-IX 2022-2029).
  • 25 October | Planning in an uncertain future: The Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) methodology. In this training, participants will be introduced to the CRIDA methodology and learn how it can be tailored to the utilities sector. CRIDA experts will guide the participants through the five steps to support adaptation and resilience goals. Specific case studies featuring water utilities will be highlighted to show how CRIDA has been applied to build resilience despite increasing variability and uncertainty. Opportunities to ask questions and engage with experts will be included in the session as well. This training is part of the 4th Global WOPs Congress hosted by GWOPA and UN Habitat.
  • 29 Sept. & 6 October | Introduction to NASA Resources for Climate Change Applications. This two-part, introductory webinar series will provide an overview of NASA resources for monitoring climate change and its impacts. The webinar will define the terminology and the role of Earth observations in climate change assessment, and then provide an overview of NASA climate models suitable for emissions policy, impacts, risk, and resilience applications.
  • 14-21 September | Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Water Quality: Transitioning from MODIS to VIIRS. NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) has opened a new open, online webinar series: Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Water Quality: Transitioning from MODIS to VIIRS. This 3-part training will be delivered in English and Spanish and will provide an overview of recent satellites and sensors used for extending the long-term water quality time series, point out similarities and differences between MODIS and VIIRS, and demonstrate water quality monitoring procedures using these sensors in selected coastal and estuarine regions.
  • 9 September | Accelerating the adoption of Guidance, Tools and Standards for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. Guidance, tools and standards play a key role in the development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Stakeholders across the infrastructure lifecycle need them to better plan, finance, design, deliver, operate and maintain their infrastructure assets and systems. Join this International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) webinar for a discussion on what resources already exist to enable the delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure, where key gaps have been identified, and what actions can be taken to address them.
  • 24 August | Certain Uncertainty: Next Generation Water Planning for Deep Uncertainty. As part of World Water Week 2021, AGWA, UNESCO, ICIWaRM, and Deltares are organizing a session to illustrate how bottom-up approaches have been utilized to date, presenting opportunities to achieve climate, sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction goals. The one-hour event will feature a keynote, flash talks on noteworthy case studies, and an interactive polling session with the audience. To take part in the session, participants must first register for World Water Week then add the event to their calendar in the Pathable platform.

 

EXTERNAL DISCUSSION FORUMS

Forums provide a platform where a community of water professionals can come together to discuss bottom-up approaches to climate adaptation and easily share resources, success stories, and strategies to overcome challenges.

Below are a number of active forums where water professionals engage and ask questions. These external forums are widely used and feature a large number of members with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the fields of water management.

  • ResearchGate

    ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. We've started a line of conversation about the latest trends in resilient water management and bottom-up approaches. Join in the discussion on the largest academic social network in terms of active users


  • Mendeley

    Mendeley is an academic social network for sharing and discovering research and online collaboration. We have created a discussion group to help institutions and individuals ask questions, brainstorm, share insights, and support experimentation and adoptions when it comes to bottom-up approaches towards resilient water management.


  • SuSanA Forum

    SuSanA is an informal network of partner organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation, including broader water management issues. It is home to thematic working groups; WG1 (Capacity Development) is of particular interest. We are working to increase capacity by enhancing our case study collection of bottom-up approaches being implemented globally.

 

DOCUMENTS FOR TRAINING SESSIONS

BUA can be taught directly through workshops or other training sessions. The materials below have all been used to teach practitioners how to apply bottom-up approaches in specific contexts. Some of the material can be generalized, while the rest will provide an example of the types of lessons that should be covered in training.

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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