Water and Climate Change

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    Climate challenges have been central to the World Water Council’s strategy in recent years, as it exacerbates existing challenges to water resources development and management encompassing many disciplines, nations and societal dimensions. 

    The obvious link between water and climate change has for a long time been ignored in international climate summits. Climate change increases the intensity and frequency of natural disasters and water-related extreme events (unpredictable rainfall and floods, water shortages and droughts). Two-thirds of the world population could be affected by water stress in 2025. Food, health and energy security are, thus, also threatened. Addressing water issues is, therefore, key to adapting to climate change and reducing the negative impacts of water-related disasters. In this context, water security is a key factor to climate adaptation. In addition, water is also critical for successful climate change mitigation. 

    Strategic actions

    Garner greater attention for water issues within climate dialogues internationally, notably through:

    • Work with governments and key partners to elevate the role of water in adaptation to climate change on the political agenda
    • Maintaining visibility for water and climate on various platforms
    • Pursue, with key partners, opportunities for adaptation on critical water issues by challenging conventional thinking