The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water Scarcity

International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities.

Crises, Water and Refugees

Currently, we are facing record breaking numbers of refugees and internally displaced people. Forced by violence and conflict, 38 million people around the world had to leave their homes and lived in displacement within the borders of their own country by the end of last year (UNHCR, global trends report 2015). In total almost 60 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide.

This final webinar of 2015 for will bring in speakers to discuss their experiences in Darfur and Jordan, covering issues surrounding setting up water supply infrastructure and other challenges facing refugee camps.

A thirsty world: making local action global

As part of ODI's #GlobalChallenges event series, they will be exploring the increasingly politicised issue of water scarcity and security. To focus on the innovative ways in which local communities are tackling this challenge and to consider whether these efforts could achieve results at scale, ODI will be holding the event "A thirsty world: making local action global." Read More...

World Resources Institute | Water Pricing in an Age of Scarcity: New Research from the IMF and WRI

From California to Karachi, climate change, population pressures, and economic growth are exacerbating water stress conditions around the world. The International Monetary Fund and World Resources Institute invite you to a timely dialogue of policymakers, economists, and water resource experts on new approaches to water pricing to manage rapidly increasing risks in an efficient, equitable, and sustainable manner. Read More...