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November 2018 Newsletter

  1. IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C
     
  2. 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention
     
  3. Training of Trainers Workshop on Catchment-based Approach to Flood Disaster Risks Management in the Context of Climate Change
     
  4. Gender in the Koshi Basin: Photo Story Competition
     
  5. Webinar on 28 November: Climate Resilient Water Safety Planning
     
  6. Courses and workshops by ArgCap-Net
     
  7. Video of the Month: "Music Diplomacy: The Case of the Nile"

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its highly-anticipated Special Report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, which provides critical scientific evidence urging the world’s leaders to take ambitious climate action before it is too late. The report stands as an important milestone, outlining the evidence available on current warming trends compared to the goals put forward under the Paris Agreement, keeping warming well below 2°C, as well as efforts to keep warming below 1.5⁰C.
 
By 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C.
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8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 10–12 October 2018. It was the first meeting in the Asian region. Thus, Kazakhstan will preside as chairmanship of the Water Convention for the period from 2019 to 2021.

The meeting was divided into high level and general segments. Since the use of transboundary waters is very relevant and important for Kazakhstan, this event was attended by representatives of the Central Asian regional network CAR@WAN secretariat in Kazakhstan - The Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development”.

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Main results of the session

Training of Trainers Workshop on Catchment-based Approach to Flood Disaster Risks Management in the Context of Climate Change

Catchments represent hydrological units of direct interactions between social, economic and environmental systems, and physical processes and services of water resources at the catchment scale are very sensitive to environmental change.

A Training of Trainers workshop on "Catchment-based Approach to Flood Disaster Risks Management in the Context of Climate Change" was organised from 17–19 October 2018, in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim of the workshop was to develop capacities of stakeholders and communities to better appreciate climate change induced flood disasters risk at the catchment scale.

The workshop was implemented by the Congo Basin Network for Capacity Development in Water (CB-HYDRONET) in close collaboration with the Congo Basin Water Resources Research Center (CRREBaC) of the University of Kinshasa, DRC.

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Gender in the Koshi Basin: Photo Story Competition

Gender relations in the Koshi River basin are not only shaped by inequalities between men and women, but also complicated by caste, ethnicity, class, and age, among other factors. Gender and social relations between and among women and men are influenced by numerous factors that interact with each other and also influence each other.

The "Gender in the Koshi basin" photo story competition aims to bring attention to these complex issues through stories that depict these dynamics and the human face of these challenges in the basin. Organisers invite submissions of photo stories that deal with the gender aspects of livelihoods, agriculture, disaster, natural resources, and adaptation.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are eligible to enter photo stories. Prizes for top three winning photo stories USD 200 each.

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Webinar on 28 November: Climate Resilient Water Safety Planning

Climate change impacts, such as water quality degradation, water shortage and scarcity can severely impact the ability of water utilities to supply their customers. Therefore, water utilities responsible for drinking-water safety need to understand how climate change is affecting water resources and the ways in which this could affect drinking-water supply systems to inform adjustments to policies, programmes and infrastructure.

The webinar "Climate resilient water safety planning" demonstrates options for water utilities to move towards climate resilience through water safety plans, which is a comprehensive risk assessment and management approach across each step in the water supply chain from catchment to tap.

The webinar will take place on 28 November at 10:00 CET.

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Courses and workshops by ArgCap-Net (in Spanish)

Environmental services of forests linked to water
This course-workshop is organized by the National University of Salta, with the support of Arg Cap-Net. It  will be held at the Oran Regional Headquarters of the National University of Salta, on 1–2 November 2018.
More information: http://www.argcapnet.org.ar/noticias/18

Virtual water and water footprint
The course will take place on 12–13 November in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. It is an activity organized by this institution with the support of Arg Cap-Net and the sponsorship of AUGM and the UNESCO Chair with headquarters in the FICH-UNL.
More information: http://www.argcapnet.org.ar/noticias/17

Integrated flood and flood management will be taught
This course is within the framework of the Master in Integrated Management of Water Resources. It will take place at the Santa Fe headquarters, from 5–9 November.
More information: http://www.argcapnet.org.ar/noticias/16

Video of the Month: "Music Diplomacy: The Case of the Nile"

Role of music in diplomacy is often overlooked. However music can play a huge role in shaping the public discourse, which can make diplomacy easier. This video explores the role of music in hydro-diplomacy in the Nile Basin.

Year: 2018
Language: English
Region: East and North Africa

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