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

  • 28 April - 1 May | 2020 Resilience Ecosystem Workshop (REW2). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the Climate Resilience Fund will host the second Resilience Ecosystem Workshop (REW2). During REW2, participants will have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and understanding of current needs, resource gaps, and strategic opportunities to continue bringing open access/open source adaptation resources to scale across the U.S. The meeting will be held virtually via four half-day online and interactive video sessions.
  • 13-15 May, 2020 | Interactive Web-Based Visualizations and Decision Support Tools in Shiny/R for Quantitative Scientists. Web-based interactive tools can facilitate stakeholder engagement and provide greater transparency in decision making, which can be particularly useful for controversial topics. By promoting greater involvement as well as a shared understanding of trade-offs that are often unavoidable among different scenarios, these decision support tools can help forge a path forward for wicked problems. The goal of this three-day short course is to introduce quantitative scientists interested in socio-environmental synthesis to Shiny/R as a way of shrinking the gap between information generation in science and policy making or public outreach through the creation of web-based tools. The course is offered by the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The deadline to apply is 15 February, 2020.
  • 6 September - 24 October | Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World. Our world seems to ever become more complex and uncertain. Future leaders must be able to act under these conditions. This free seven-week self-paced course provides you with the broad scientific background necessary to develop yourself into one of the future’s key decision makers. First, this course will address the core concepts of complexity and uncertainty. Next, guest lecturers will related sub-fields. Finally, relating this all back together in case studies about financial stability and city development will conclude the course.

Past Events

  • 19 November, 2019 | Planning adaptively for rising sea levels, supported by quick-scan tools. This webinar covers adaptive planning for sea level rise and the use of quick-scan tools to support the development of adaptation pathways. FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, SFWMD, and Deltares have developed a prototype of a quick-scan tool to support adaptive planning for sea level rise. The quick-scan tool can rapidly calculate economic damages of flood events, flood risk, and the effectiveness of adaptation measures in terms of risk-reduction, for a large area in Miami-Dade County.
  • 17 September, 2019 | Planning for Change: Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Summit. The Department of Water Resources will hold two events designed to inspire water management and climate change technical communities to work together to achieve water resilience for California. The first is Planning for Change: Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Summit, where decision makers will discuss prominent future climate change uncertainties and threats and the role of those risks in ongoing and future water management activities.
  • 17 September – 1 October, 2019 | Intermediate Webinar Series: Remote Sensing for Freshwater Habitats. NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program offers satellite remote sensing training that builds the skills to integrate NASA Earth Science data into an agency’s decision-making activities. This three-part webinar series will guide participants through using NASA Earth observations for habitat monitoring, specifically for freshwater fish and other species. The training will also provide a conceptual overview, as well as the tools and techniques for applying landscape environmental variables to genetic and habitat diversity in species.
  • 24-28 June, 2019 | Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners. Bringing together key strengths in water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, this Univ. of East Anglia short course will provide participants with an exceptional chance to acquire an understanding of this key global issue and to explore different interpretations of water security in an international and developing economy context.
  • 17-21 June, 2019 | Climate-Resilient Resource Management. This week-long course at Oregon State University will approach climate adaptation from several perspectives, drawing from scientific, engineering, economic and finance, and governance and legal viewpoints on topics such as assessing vulnerability, defining performance indicators and developing adaptation plans.
  • 23 April - 10 May, 2019 | Planning and Delivery of Flood Resilience. This IHE Delft short course provides a through introduction to flood resilience through exploration of systems, stress tests, adaptation strategies and planning, and other relevant topics.

 

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.


Contact AGWA

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
7640 NW Hoodview Cir.
Corvallis, Oregon 97330
USA
https://alliance4water.org

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