The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water Security in an Uncertain Future: Enhancing Water Resources Management and Planning by Reducing Climate- and Weather- Related Risks

Global water security is vulnerable to a range of risks, including those that are climate- and weather-related, such as floods, recurrent droughts and variable rainfall patterns. As these become increasingly more frequent and intense, safeguarding water resources is paramount to achieving development outcomes that help countries become more self-reliant. An integrated approach to water resources planning and decision-making that addresses short- and long-term risks across capital investments in infrastructure, operations and maintenance, and human resources is needed to ensure high quality management and availability of increasingly scarce water resources.

The April Adaptation Community Meeting will focus on climate-related risks to water security and how USAID is responding through water resources management and planning. Approaches include examining climate related impacts affecting transboundary water resources and allocation, integrating a climate vulnerability assessment into decision-making, and use of natural infrastructure to improve water security and contribute to building resilience. The event will feature a panel discussion of relevant USAID-funded activities in Southern Africa, the Mara basin in East Africa, and Peru.

CRIDA Workshop at University of Idaho

CRIDA Workshop Flyer
This two-day workshop at the University of Idaho will focus on a next-generation methodology for assessing and addressing climate risk in water resources management and planning. Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a means for implementing holistic climate-resilient water resources solutions. This workshop is designed to help participants from various disciplines to better understand the novel CRIDA approach while simultaneously exploring potential implications in terms of water governance, engineering, and ecosystems. Dr. John Matthews, a co-author of CRIDA and the Executive Director and co-founder of AGWA will lead the workshop.