#UrbanFest2020 will include a session on Urban Water Resilience. Tune in to hear how storytelling is critical to advancing policy change.
This webinar will explore how to raise political ambition to provide access to affordable, safe, and sustainable water and sanitation for the urban poor.
In India, as in many countries where agriculture is key, farmers face serious challenges from climate change. Small changes won’t do. These farmers need new options, information and technology to help them transform how they farm to survive in a changing climate.
Climate change is already affecting crop production, and in some cases is undermining the viability of current crop systems. The paper explains why transformative adaptation is needed in cropping systems, how seeds systems play a key role in these systemic shifts, and what changes are needed in crop research and development to enable climate-resilient transformations.
As climate change increasingly affects agriculture around the world, reliable, timely, and targeted information about weather and climate conditions is becoming an ever more urgent requirement for adaptation decision-making. This paper considers how transformative adaptation – long-term, systemic change to fundamental aspects of systems in response to or anticipation of severe climate change impacts - could be accelerated by enhancing climate services and how they are applied.
Building sustainable, adaptive, resilient urban water systems
A global consortium of universities, cities, community organizations and World Resources Institute launched an initiative to build cities’ capacities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The consortium, a Global Commission on Adaptation initiative, will partner with an initial cohort of 15 universities from 18 time zones to implement urban resilience projects in cities.
Brazil is facing a convergence of health, economic and environmental crises, all while grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study shows that by opting for a low-carbon recovery can allow Brazil to address critical constraints to its long-term growth and social development.
Worldwide, cities are struggling to plan and finance climate-appropriate infrastructure. Inter-department collaboration and nature-based solutions could be the key to addressing both issues simultaneously.
Floods, wildfires and unforeseen outbreaks of disease such as the COVID-19 pandemic are putting new and increasing stresses on U.S. cities. Investing in clean energy can help make them more resilient to these shocks.
As countries respond to the unprecedented challenges of the current pandemic, this commentary explores how Ministries of Finance can deliver on urgent social and economic priorities while addressing climate change.
In this webinar, a diverse group of speakers represent vulnerable communities on the frontlines, international aid agencies and resilience experts.
The COVID-19 pandemic illuminates the need to build back better and create resilience to future crises, including the impacts of climate change.
While India makes decisions for immediate economic relief, additional actions can help ensure long-term sustainability and resilience.
Aqueduct Floods, a new tool from World Resources Institute that measures water-related flood risks around the world, finds that by 2030, 15 million people and $177 billion in urban property will be impacted annually by coastal flooding, while 132 million people and $535 billion in urban property will be impacted annually due to riverine flooding. WRI also finds that investing in flood protection infrastructure now can significantly decrease the impact of floods later.
To manage the twin threats of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, building resilience against both is imperative and urgent. We are going to have to multitask on this one, as delay will cost lives and livelihoods.
This paper provides quantitative evidence to help investors better understand and measure the financial impacts from water shortages in the thermal power sector, drawing on data and analysis of Indian companies. It introduces a new methodology to estimate the water shortage-induced impacts to earnings on five Indian thermal power companies from FY 2014-2017. It also uses outputs from climate models to analyze potential future changes to water availability in India, which could increase the risk of water shortages.
Sovereign parametric insurance can finance disaster response when extreme weather events like droughts or hurricanes cause emergencies in developing countries.
This paper analyzes the three sovereign parametric disaster risk insurance pools serving developing countries: CCRIF SPC, the African Risk Capacity, and the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company. It provides detailed recommendations for each of the pools and their stakeholders and broader recommendations to improve the availability of disaster risk finance for developing countries.
This paper focuses on transformative approaches to climate change adaptation in livestock production. It synthesizes the state of adapting key components of livestock systems, key challenges for adaptation, planning questions, and recommendations for transformative adaptation.