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Decision support tool to incorporate climate change into water resource planning, operations and design

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Led by the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), our model is an evidence-based approach that incorporates the best insights from across the key technical specialties relevant to the water community and addresses the interconnections between the science, finance and operational components of the water community.  The final product is presumed at this stage to be an online document, but there have already been expressions of interest from AGWA partners to take these products and to use integrate them within software tools. And “final” is also presumed to be a “first edition,” to be explored, refined, and developed by the community of specialists and practitioners over time.

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Integrating hard and soft infrastructure

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The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) with member organizations like Deltares and Conservation International, propose building explicit approaches for including ecosystems as natural infrastructure into infrastructure planning and design. The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) is a new organization designed to bring together diverse bodies of expertise and types of institutions to develop the next generation of water resource management and support its operationalization.This approach seeks to avoid degrading our freshwater ecosystems that provide us with multiple services, and avoid building expensive water infrastructure projects. These goals are designed to explore and refine potential approaches and to help other members test them on the ground to determine the extent to which they can reduce maintenance costs, restore ecosystems, and sustain community livelihoods while also creating naturally climate-adaptive water management systems.

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What impacts of climate change on surface water in France by 2070? Results of the Explore2070 project in metropolitan France and overseas departments

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the Explore2070 project aimed at evaluating the possible impacts of future climate and socio-economic changes on water bodies (surface water, groundwater and coastal water) and biodiversity, in metropolitan France and overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, and Réunion Island). The project was managed by the French Ministry of Ecology (MEDDTL) and gathered several consultancies and research institutes to establish a general overview of the expected evolutions by 2070. Through both the extent and the variety of the project’s objectives, Explore2070 will provide answers to many questions raised by managers and better evaluate the stakes related to these evolutions.

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innovative experiences of action research in the Garonne basin to anticipate global changes and prevent gaps between needs and supplies

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One of the mission of the Adour-Garonne Water Agency is to improve the understanding of issues related to global change and to enhance stakeholders’ awareness in the making process decision (including adaptation, prevention…). Thus, the Adour-Garonne Water Agency was involved recently in a national research project called IMAGINE2030 (ClImate and water MAnaGement: uncertaINties on water resources for the Garonne rivEr basin in 2030 ?). 

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Green Adaptation – Making effective use of ecosystem services to adapt to the effects of climate change

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A unique concept of Green Adaptation is the Sand Engine, by the Dutch Building with Nature innovation program. A huge nourishment of 20 million m3 of sand has been deposited in front of the Dutch Delfland coast, after which wind, waves and sea currents will naturally disperse the sand. This will contribute to the coastal safety in the long term and in addition create areas for nature and recreation. In this approach, maintenance costs are drastically reduced compared to traditional coastal defense structures, as natural coastal processes are exploited.

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Climate Change Adaptation through Innovative Solutions to Cope water Shortage in Jordan Valley-Palestine

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Improve and develop technologies such as desalination by using renewable energy, reuse of wastewater for artificial recharge and flood water harvesting to increase water supply and to increase energy efficiency. Those techniques will be used in small-scale and at several suitable locations and clusters that are really suffering from water shortage problem in Jordan Valley. In addition, reallocation management will be considered in parallel to the implementation stage.

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Water reserves program. An adaptation strategy to climate change

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Since 2010, WWF-Mexico and the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) have developed a number of pilot-projects that aim to determine the feasibility and requirements to implement environmental flows (EF) in Mexico. CONAGUA –a leader in the regional dialogue on water and climate change in Latin America– is advancing an agenda that is supporting the creation of a water adaptation community at global scale. One of the most important messages in this dialogue is that the incorporation of an ‘environmental dimension’ in the water management process is imperative in order to maintain and improve the ecological functionality of ecosystems, and the adaptation services they provide.

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Community Climate Adaptation Plan (CCAP)

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The Strategic Pilot on Adaptation to Climate Change or SPACC organizes the farmers residing within a Hydrological Unit (natural drainage basin) as a group and provides the necessary scientific information and builds the adaptive capacity of the farmer to face the consequences of the drought, collectively. Being part of the Hydrological Unit makes the inhabitants dependent on each other, sharing the common resources.The ultimate goal of SPACC is to evolve “Community Climate Adaptation Plan (CCAP)”, at the HU level. Building the adaptive capacity of the communities in a HU is the over-arching strategy adopted to evolve the CCAP.

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Reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change in the transboundary Dniester basin

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The project therefore seeks to contribute to reducing damages and associated security risks due to future flooding events by improving the adaptive capacity of the riparian countries, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. More specifically, the project aims to expand and further strengthen cooperative management in the Dniester river basin to address cross-border management of floods, taking into account both current climate variability and long-term impacts of climate change on flood risks.

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Addressing double uncertainty regarding climate change impacts in transboundary basins: the Programme of Pilot Projects on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins

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Water managers in transboundary basins are faced with a double uncertainty: on the one hand, uncertainty regarding the impacts of climate change on water resources and on the other hand, uncertainty regarding the possible adaptation measures implemented by other riparian countries. This brings about the risk that unilateral adaptation measures have negative effects on neighbouring countries such as the construction of dams or flood protection infrastructure. 

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