Dr. Ania Grobicki, who recently resigned as Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership to become Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, penned this informative piece, which she presented at the Public-Private Sector Forum: A Dialogue Between Researchers and End-Users of Scientific Knowledge. Washington, DC, 13 November 2014.
She is optimistic about 2015, citing three seminal events that could indicate a turning point, rather than a tipping point, for international cooperation on planetary management.
She also mentions the Ice Circle:
The Ice Circle is a global collaborative platform encompassing and supporting a multidisciplinary response to the state and impact of changing snow, ice, and water regimes on the global hydrological cycles, including oceans. It aims to enable enhanced international cooperation, integration, and information sharing between policy makers, water users, com- munity actors, and scholars. The concept of the Ice Circle is found here.
First I have heard of this.
2015 could potentially be a watershed year for international cooperation on planetary management. Three major international policy processes will be culminating in 2015, dealing with climate change, disaster risk reduction, develop- ment and sustainability. The emerging scientific evidence links the loss of ice, snow, and glaciers with the changing climate, with extreme climate events and water-related disasters such as storms, floods, and drought, and with the sustainability of freshwater resources. Multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the proposed Ice Circle are needed to support evidence-based policies at international level, and to take ac- tion on the impacts of global environmental change.
Optimistic. Ania, I hope you are right!
"Are we just going to pretend we're Nero and play the fiddle? Or are we going to proactively avoid a catastrophe?" - Pat Mulroy, quoted in the High Country News, 2 March 2015, page 16