September 2020
Issue Brief: Water Recommendations to the Next President
This letter from the Pacific Institute to the next president of the United States calls for the next president to improve federal water programs to protect public health, address the accelerating risks of climate change for water resources, assess and prepare for national security threats associated with water, and create a new National Water Plan.

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Report: Ending Conflicts Over Water: Solutions to Water and Security Challenges
Water-related conflict and political instability are on the rise across the globe, but relatively few solutions have been presented. This report from the Pacific Institute, World Resources Institute, and the Water, Peace and Security Partnership fills the gap by exploring several dozen strategies to reduce water-related conflicts in key water-insecure hotspots around the world. The solutions are organized into four broad categories: natural resources, science, and engineering approaches; political and legal tools; economic and financial tools; and policy and governance strategies.

Learn more here.

Read the blog post "Ending Conflicts Over Water" by Dr. Peter Gleick here.

View the webinar recording "Ending Conflicts Over Water: Solutions to Water and Security Challenges" here.
Pacific Institute at Climate Week NYC 2020
The focus of this year’s Climate Week NYC 2020 last week was rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic using lessons learned from the crisis to pursue an equitable transition to a net-zero future. The business sector has a vital role to play in this transition. With this in mind, the Pacific Institute joined in the action last week with sessions focused on the role of the business sector in advancing water resilience and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Op-Ed: The Future Has Arrived. These Explosive Fires Are Our Climate Change Wakeup Call
By Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus
"We have no more time to twiddle our collective thumbs," writes Dr. Gleick in this The Guardian op-ed, in which he outlines how to adapt to climate change impacts already locked into the system while working to eliminate fossil fuels to prevent more drastic changes. "Adaptation options include changing zoning laws, forest management, construction practices and building materials, insurance policies, and public health strategies," explains Dr. Gleick.

Read more here.
Upcoming Webinar: Nature-Based Solutions to Improve Water Security in Brazil
In this webinar, Pacific Institute President Jason Morrison will explore the benefits of investing in nature-based solutions (NBS), along with a panel of experts. Attendees will learn how NBS can contribute to addressing major urban challenges while improving quality of life and building climate resilience. The event will be hosted by the United Nations Global Compact Network Brazil.

Learn more, including how to sign up, here.
Update from the CEO Water Mandate: Water Resilience Coalition Partners with WaterAid to Call for Collective Action on Water Access
The Pacific Institute is Co-Secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
The Water Resilience Coalition, an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative of the CEO Water Mandate, last week launched the social media awareness campaign “Water is Resilience: A Call for Collective Action on Water Access,” in partnership with WaterAid. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the critical role water and handwashing play in the global response to COVID-19 and water resilience more broadly, through the hashtag #WaterIsResilience.

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Featured Blog Post: How Distributed Water Infrastructure Can Boost Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 and Other Shocks
By Cora Kammeyer, Pacific Institute; Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute; and Cynthia Koehler, WaterNow Alliance
While the COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for water utilities, it also provides an opportunity to modernize existing models for financing and building decentralized water infrastructure to meet 21st century needs. 

Read more here.
From the Blog: Pacific Institute Insights
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Pacific Institute in the News
Marketplace: Water Enters Futures Market, Allowing Buyers to Lock in Prices

CNN: This is What the Bay Area's Skies Looked Like Wednesday During the Wildfires

CBC: Scale of Wildfire Connected to Climate Change, Says Scientist

Reuters: Water-related Conflicts Set to Rise Amid Demand Growth and Climate Impacts

New Security Beat: Where the Oil Runs Deep, Water Turns Foul

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