Water Ethics in the Paris Climate Talks
Ethics is increasingly acknowledged as a driver for mitigating climate change and its effects, but the specific potential of water ethics is rarely mentioned. Thus, the series of sessions organized by the NGO, France Libertés during the upcoming Paris Climate Talks are of special importance. Topics will include Indigenous Peoples' and Youth perspectives, and strategies for re-establishing social solidarity around water. Here is some background reading about water and climate:
Agroecology in the News
- Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water, Policy Brief from UN Water, 2010.
- Return Water to the Earth to Restore the Climate (France-LIbertés, 2015)
- National Climate Change Policies and Sustainable Water Management: Conflicts and Synergies, by Jamie Pittock, in Ecology and Society 2011
- Flexible Water Storage Options and Adaptation to Climate Change, IWMI Policy Brief 2009;
- Water Governance and Climate Change: Drought in California as a Lens on Our Climate Future, 2014, by J. Peel and J. Choy (Water in the West, Stanford University)
- Adapting to Climate Change: Why We Need Broader and 'Out-of-the-Box' Approaches, a UNESCO report prepared by the World Water Assessment Program, 2011, includes a section on "Ethical Considerations" (p.12)
Between Storms: Thoughts on Sustainable Water Cultures, is a photo/text online installation by Cole/Woelfe-Erskine.
The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape, by Laura Allen, co-founder of Greywater Action, offers practical ways to put your water ethics into practice.
- What are the returns from investing 2/3 of the world's freshwater into agriculture and how can we get more total value from Ag water? The E-Consultation on Transitions to Agroecology invites your thoughts about potential synergies between ecosystems and food production. Please respond by 11 December via this questionnaire.
- The CGIAR Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems has issued a report on its activities, entitled, "One year of uniting agriculture and nature for poverty reduction."
Society - Water - Technology: A Critical Appraisal of Major Water Engineering Projects, a new book from Springer, from the Research Group “Society–Water-Technology” of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Free download, thanks to funding from the state governments of Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany.
Advice from on High, Christiana Peppard’s column in The Source (IWA's new online magazine).
Investing in Natural Capital for a Sustainable Future in the Greater Mekong Subregion, a new ADB report, offers a framework for promoting investments in natural capital.
Water Governance in Palestine, reports on a recent conference at The Hague Institute.
Infrastructure and Safeguards, blogpost by Vinod Thomas and David di Ferranti, cautions that the rush to build climate-proofing projects needs to include more attention to social and environmental safeguards.
Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the sustainability of British Columbia's new water law, a new report from the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.
The Cultural Politics of Waterscapes, by Amitangshu, published in the International Handbook of Political Ecology, unravels the political complexities of Chalika Lagoon at the mouth of the Mahanadi River, Odisha, India.
Water warriors – Stories on people and their relationship with water portrays water from the perspective of local communities, through an anthology of posts from the India Water Portal. Download the book directly here (17 MB).
Report on the future of the UN Water Courses Convention. Parties to the Convention met in September to consider its future management and whether it needs a formal institutional structure.
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