The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Quenching Adaptation's Thirst: Resilient Water Management to Guide Climate Action

Water has long been recognized as a central component of climate change impacts as well as a tool to ensure effective adaptation. In the words of Carter Roberts, CEO, WWF-US, at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen in 2009, “The language of water is the language of climate change.” Nevertheless, miscommunication and misunderstanding remain an issue between the water and climate change communities.

A new Water Background Paper has been prepared as part of a series designed to inform the Global Commission on Adaptation's 2019 flagship report. The goal of this Water Background Paper is to answer the fundamental two-audience question posed by the UNFCCC in 2016: what can the water community do to help advance targets for climate change adaptation, and what can the climate community do to help advance targets for water resilience?