Recorded 4 September 2014
Weak institutions, lack of data, poor understanding of ecosystems, and inflexibility of infrastructure are often cited as obstacles to sustainable water management. Lack of generally accepted decision-making methodologies in the face of climate variability and change should be added. There is widespread agreement about the need to manage water in a more comprehensive and sustainable manner, but doing so requires integrating new perspectives, economic and investment tools, policy and regulatory frameworks, and social and environmental performance markers into decision processes that are often opaque, qualitative and poorly structured.
Climate variability and change is an exacerbating challenging factor for managing the food-energy- water nexus, and a key uncertain factor in planned investments. Revising decision-making processes challenges institutional capabilities and prerogatives and requires careful preparation and execution by decision makers whose projects are complicated by climate change and other uncertainties.
In this seminar, we will present decision support tools that are available for institutions and decision makers when working with climate sensitive projects and investments; explore examples and examine lessons to introduce more objective and stakeholder-driven decision processes; and illustrate how water management approaches can be transformed to promote long-term sustainability in the face of climate variability and change.