Climate Change

Climate Change

Water-related hazards account for 90% of all natural hazards and their frequency and intensity is generally rising.

Climate change most significantly manifests in disrupting the water cycle. Changing weather and water patterns are driving global water scarcity, and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.  The impacts transverse scales and resiliency at the basin, city and utility level need to be coordinated to ensure adaptation measures are effective.

Projects

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Water-Wise Cities

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigat...

Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change. Changes in our climate are changes in water, as these gr...

Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorro...

Enabling communities to Achieve a Sustainable, Low-carbon Water Future Without Compromising Service Quality The central...

Flood and Drought Management Tools

Developing a package of web-based technical applications (tools), applied individually or together to include informatio...

Preparing for Extreme and Rare Events in Coastal R...

Developing Adaptive Risk Management Approaches and Increasing Resilience of Coastal Regions to Impacts of Climate Variab...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

December 4, 2018
It has been seven years since Thailand was ravaged by severe flooding, significantly weakening both the economic and social environments of the country. Attribu...
October 25, 2018
In Part 4 of this blog series, I briefly discussed how to describe and categorise hazards and hazardous events, as wells how to amend the risk matrix using the ...
October 25, 2018
In Part 3 of this blog series, I briefly discussed how to interpret the suggested datasets, and how to determine if climate conditions are ‘wetter’ or ‘dr...
October 10, 2018
Analysing the datasets In Part 2 of this blog series, I provided the criteria used to select datasets for analysis and incorporating into the Water Safety Plann...

News / Events

December 7, 2018
IWA connects professionals across sectors to deliver water-wise climate solutions   Improved resilience to climate change Achieving the SDGs is intrinsically l...
November 22, 2018
Strasbourg and SDEA join the water-wise movement The French city of Strasbourg and the regional provider of drinking water and sanitation services, the Syndicat...
September 20, 2018
The signing takes place at the Closing of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, on 20 September 2018. 20 September 2018, Tokyo, Japan. The IWA Principl...
July 9, 2018
The Portuguese city of Lisbon has won the European Green Capital Award for 2020, while the title of European Green Leaf 2019 goes jointly to the cities of Corne...