ADAPTATION’S THIRST: ACCELERATING THE CONVERGENCE OF WATER AND CLIMATE ACTION

ADAPTATION’S THIRST: ACCELERATING THE CONVERGENCE OF WATER AND CLIMATE ACTION

AGWA and IWMI Issue Climate-resilient Water Management Guidance The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and the International Water Management Institute published a background paper on managing the water-related impacts of climate change. The paper maps out high-level actions that should be taken by water and climate policy and management communities. The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have published a background paper on managing the water-related impacts of climate change. It argues that water is key to effective climate change adaptation. The 42-page report titled, ‘Adaptation’s Thirst: Accelerating the Convergence of Water and Climate Action,’ outlines the anticipated impacts of climate change on water,  including floods, drought, tropical storms, decline in water quantity and quality, and changes to fundamental hydrology. The authors call for climate-resilient water management to be ‘the common ground and a unifying agenda’ for adaptation. They provide six detailed recommendations, namely: system-wide action rather than fragmented, infrastructure-focused decision making – for example, multi-level governance and self-organization at lower levels of administration is encouraged; preparations for greater uncertainty in climate conditions, including greater variability in water resources; investments in adaptation, taking full account of likely future water risks; investments in water and climate information systems; aligning water finance with climate finance; and using water as an enabler of adaptation, ensuring policy coherence. The publication maps out high-level actions that should be taken by water and climate policy and management communities. Its ‘Action Framework on Climate-Resilient Water Management’ cites promising examples from many countries in terms of governance and participation; information and learning; diversity and connectivity; and infrastructure, technology and water management options. See full report attached. SOURCE SDG KNOWLEDGE HUB