The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Arctic Council Conference in Alaska to Focus on Need for Clean Water & Healthy Homes in the Arctic

Many Arctic communities suffer from a lack of access to household water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), contributing to higher rates of communicable disease. As is true worldwide, WASH is fundamental to sustainable development and community resilience in a rapidly warming and changing region.

As part of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the United States is hosting Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH). International experts, practitioners, innovators, and academics will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, September 18-21, 2016 to share information, explore innovations, and forge partnerships.

When: 18-21 September
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
How to RSVP: The conference is open to all stakeholders on Arctic WASH issues. There are no conference fees but an Expression of Interest must be submitted and chosen applicants will then be invited to register.

Conference themes include:
  • The impact of household water and sanitation on Arctic human health;
    • Climate change impacts on water and sanitation infrastructure in the Arctic;
    • Innovative engineering approaches to increase access to water of adequate quality and quantity, including water reuse;
    • Methods of ownership, operations and maintenance to maximize useful life of water and sewer systems in the Arctic;
    • Regulations and policies affecting access to and the cost of providing adequate quantities of water in the home.

Please visit for more information, including how to submit an Expression of Interest to attend.