Climate Resilience and Water Security

Climate change is intensifying the global water cycle and exposing large segments of the world’s population to significant water-related hazards. These are expected to increase in severity over time.

Floods and droughts are becoming more frequent and severe. Rainfall patterns are more unpredictable and sea levels are rising. These changes not only threaten the ecosystem and livelihoods of people – particularly the poorest and most vulnerable – they also pose a major impediment to economic and social development. So it is important for countries to incorporate water security and climate resilience strategies into development plans.

GWP’s Water, Climate, and Development Programme (WACDEP) comprises projects that aim to build climate resilience through better water management. Our Regional Water Partnerships in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America developed the projects, in collaboration with national governments and regional economic development communities. This global Programme involves nearly 60 countries and a wide range of international partners.

Through the Programme, we contribute to the process – initiated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – of reducing vulnerability to climate change in developing countries, and building resilience through national adaptation strategies. We will strive for greater coherence on adaptation by building strong links between development stakeholders with interest in climate change, water management, investment planning and financing, sustainable cities, agroecosystems, and forestry.

Together with the WMO, we lead the Integrated Drought Management Programme and the Associated Programme on Flood Management, which aim to increase scientific understanding and support for drought and flood management. We will promote an integrated approach to flood management to maximise the benefits of using floodplains, and minimise the loss of life. Together with our Partners we will provide support to countries and communities through the Programme’s Helpdesk for integrated flood management. We will produce guidance for developing national and regional drought policies and platforms. This will support drought preparedness measures, monitoring, and early warning systems, and the application of local knowledge and technological innovations.

In partnership with the Delta Alliance, we are working to enhance the resilience of delta regions and communities threatened by rising sea levels. Countries with densely populated and vulnerable delta regions need knowledge, tools, and policy frameworks to ensure their sustainable governance and management. At the global level, we will strengthen our partnerships with the UNDP, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNFCCC, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), WMO and others to support Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and others most vulnerable to climate change,
in developing National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

Posted: 2014-07-28


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