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October 18, 2017Washington D.C.

The Water in Agriculture Innovation Series is a collaborative knowledge platform offered by the Water in Agriculture Global Solutions Group at the World Bank and partners across academia, public and private institutions, and civil society on agriculture and water issues. The series aims to share and promote innovations related to water in agriculture. Check out the webinars of the innovation series below:

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Lightning Talks! Green Infrastructure and Irrigation  

Thursday, December 14, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm
MC 7-300, The World Bank

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Lightning Speakers:  

  • Molly Cross Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator, North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Jamie McEvoy Assistant Professor of Geography, Montana State University and Montana Institute on Ecosystems
  • Tom Michalek Hydrogeologist and Research Professor, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG)
  • Nejem Raheem Associate Professor of Environmental Economics, Emerson College
  • James Dalton Coordinator Global Water Initiatives – IUCN Global Water Programme

Chair:  

  • Steven SchonbergerPractice Manager & Global Lead for Water in Agriculture, World Bank

Discussants:

  • Christopher HartleyDeputy Director, Office of Environmental Markets, USDA
  • Glenn-Marie LangeSenior Environmental Economist, World Bank

Is it green? Is it nature-based? Is it low-impact development? Is it natural? Join us for an exciting round of lightning talk presentations that will take us on a journey connecting “green infrastructure” and irrigation!

 

Molly Cross will introduce the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Ecological Drought working group, and how it is attempting to help people and nature be better prepared for droughts of the future, that are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. One of the first products coming out the working group’s efforts is a framework for looking at ecological drought as a coupled human and natural system, that emphasizes the ways that both people and nature are affected by the ecological impacts of drought, and encourages strategies for building drought resilience that can provide mutual benefits to both people and nature.

 

Jamie McEvoy will discuss the importance of water storage in the face of climate change in the Rocky Mountain Region of North America and the role that “natural water storage” might play in mitigating floods and drought. Examples of natural water storage include traditional flood irrigation, as well as projects to improve soil health and restore riparian areas. She’ll discuss findings from a literature review on nature-based strategies for drought, as well as findings from an analysis of regional drought plan strategies and interviews with resource managers and ranchers regarding their perceptions of flood irrigation and stream restoration practices. 

Tom Michalek will discuss the Gallatin Valley Groundwater-Agriculture Connection, and implications for changing irrigation and land use in a high-growth basin. The Gallatin Valley in southwest Montana is an intensely irrigated inter-mountain basin experiencing development pressure from population growth and increased irrigation efficiency through modernized methods. What this means for the closely-linked groundwater and surface water resources in the valley is the subject of several research projects by the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

 

Nejem Raheem will discuss ecosystem services affected by traditional flood irrigation systems (called acequias) in northern New Mexico USA. He will discuss research on surface water/groundwater interactions in these systems and how changing to drip irrigation might compromise certain ecosystem services such as late season return flows to mainstem rivers.

 

James Dalton will share international examples drawn from IUCN’s extensive work with green infrastructure, and will synthesize the previous presentations to connect to experiences in developing countries.

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between three partners: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. SNAPP envisions a world where protecting and promoting nature works in concert with sustainable development and improving human well-being. SNAPP delivers evidence-based, scalable solutions to global challenges at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organizations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. IUCN’s mission is to Influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

Internal RSVP Link  |  External RSVP Link  
Join by phone: 1-650-479-3207

Meeting number (acces code): 855 646 208#
Meeting password: JEcJsbT4

External attendees who wish to attend in person must email Mik Schulte at mschulte@worldbank.org to request a visitor pass by 5:00pm Wednesday 12/13. Please bring a photo ID.

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Thank you for attending, participating in, and learning from the Water in Agriculture Innovation Series!

Please contact Mik Schulte to subscribe to the Water in Agriculture Innovation Series mailing list to stay informed about future events or suggest future topics.

 
 

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2017

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Past Webinars:

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Save Our Streams: Private Incentives for Agricultural Water savings

Date: October 18, 2017

Coordinated public and private actions are needed to incentivize water saving measures, including soil and crop management, irrigation application and infrastructure improvements, and vegetative and nature-based solutions.

This seminar explored an example of how private impact investors incentivize water efficiency and re-allocate water from agriculture to restore depleted rivers. The Save Our Streams Fund – the first impact investment fund dedicated to improving rivers and habitats that seeks to restore stream ecosystems while improving economic opportunities in farming communities in the Western
United States. 

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Man walking through a flooded rice field in the Philippines.

Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) and System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Techniques for Sustainable Irrigated Rice Production

Date: June 8, 2017

Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) is a water-saving technology that farmers can apply to reduce their irrigation water consumption in rice fields without decreasing its yield. In AWD, irrigation water is applied a few days after the disappearance of the ponded water. Hence, the field gets alternately flooded and non-flooded. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which originated in Madagascar in the 1980s, also uses wetting and drying of the field in addition to agroecological cropping principles such as 7 day old seedlings instead of the 15-20 day seedlings and one seedling per hill instead of several per hill used in traditional rice growing practices, the addition of compost and/or fertilizer, and 2-3 mechanical weedings depending on weed pressure. Practitioners of SRI report significantly enhanced yields relative to best management practices with continuously flooded rice.

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Water Markets: Formal and Informal

Date: June 5, 2017

Water markets are mechanisms for re-allocating water from lower value to higher value uses. They are used in both developed and developing world contexts, within a variety of institutional contexts. Much attention so far has been paid to formal water market transactions with clear delineation of property rights and a credible water manager. However, informal water sharing transactions negotiated bilaterally are much more common than is usually understood and provide an important risk management tool for agricultural producers especially in times of scarcity.

The presentations in this seminar provided an overview of the role of water as a risk management mechanism in the context of irrigated agriculture. It discussed basic issues in water market design and implementation including the roles of governance and trust. It looked at what constitutes informality and the scope if any to build upon such informal markets towards more formal transactions. It also considered the role of philanthropy in facilitating new water transactions. 

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Games for Groundwater Governance

Date: May 23, 2017

Groundwater is one of the most challenging resources to govern, resulting in resource depletion in many areas.  This presentation introduces, based on a pilot in Andhra Pradesh, India, an innovative use of collective action games to not only measure propensity for collective action, but to improve local understanding of groundwater interrelationships and stimulate collective governance of groundwater. The games simulated crop choice and consequences for the aquifer and were followed by a community debriefing.

Repeated experience with the games evoked more cooperation in the second year, outweighing other factors such as education, gender, and trust index scores. After the games were played, a significantly higher proportion of communities have adopted water registers and rules to govern groundwater.

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

 

 

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Introduction to Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management

Date: March 22, 2017

This 90-minute training session provided a condensed version of a two-day course developed by UC Davis.  It looked at the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, and highlighted the linkages between sustainable groundwater management, water quality, and the groundwater-surface water interface, which also touches on watershed management in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It provided a brief overview of the common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. Using the example of California, it looked at the institutional framework at the local, state, and federal level dealing with sustainable groundwater management, and watersheds. 

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Water Markets 2.0: Could the Australian Approach Apply to Developing Countries?

Date: December 5, 2016

In support of Australia’s contribution to the UN - World Bank High Level Panel on Water, the water policy advisory firm Aither is developing a six-step approach to improved water management. The approach is based on the Australian experience of water policy reform over recent decades. It will be applicable at multiple scales in diverse national and regional contexts, where water scarcity is a present or future threat to economic development. The presentation introduced the ‘six steps’, and described the importance of water markets and trading as a tool to improve the allocation and use of scarce water resources.

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

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Introduction to Groundwa

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

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Introduction to Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management

Date: March 22, 2017

This 90-minute training session provided a condensed version of a two-day course developed by UC Davis.  It looked at the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, and highlighted the linkages between sustainable groundwater management, water quality, and the groundwater-surface water interface, which also touches on watershed management in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It provided a brief overview of the common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. Using the example of California, it looked at the institutional framework at the local, state, and federal level dealing with sustainable groundwater management, and watersheds. 

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Taking Forward the GFFA and G20 Commitment on Agriculture’s Sustainable Stewardship of Water Through a Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership 

Date: April 4, 2017

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), ministers of agriculture from 83 countries and representatives from over 130 countries committed to strengthening agriculture’s role in the sustainable stewardship of water. The following day, G20 agriculture ministers underlined the importance of the sustainable use of water in agriculture.

A panel of representatives from key governments and global organizations who participated in the GFFA Communique and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Declaration and Action Plan 2017 provided their vision on the key commitments to food and nutrition security (SDG 2) and water security (SDG 6), and discussed with representatives from the agricultural/agribusiness sector and civil society how communities worldwide can support implementation towards the dual goals.

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Introduction to Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management

Date: March 22, 2017

This 90-minute training session provided a condensed version of a two-day course developed by UC Davis.  It looked at the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, and highlighted the linkages between sustainable groundwater management, water quality, and the groundwater-surface water interface, which also touches on watershed management in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It provided a brief overview of the common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. Using the example of California, it looked at the institutional framework at the local, state, and federal level dealing with sustainable groundwater management, and watersheds. 

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017

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