climate policy

Climate change in the water sector

In climate change discussions at national and international level, recognition for the need for adaptation, in addition to mitigation, has grown considerably compared to ten years ago. However, focus has so far been mostly on impact studies and vulnerability analyses. In policy discussions and in research, two important knowledge gaps can be identified, 1) the economics of climate change adaptation (how much does adaptation cost, who will pay for these costs and how to manage funds for adaptation?) and 2) the actual implementation of climate change adaptation (how to effectively adapt to climate change?)

Also in the water sector, the important role of climate change is increasingly recognised. Water is the main transmitter of climate change impacts on humans and the environment. Still, most water management policies and plans do not mention climate change, and climate and adaptation programmes are not being integrated into sectoral (water) planning.

ADAPTS can contribute to these knowledge gaps as it provides a practical approach to integrate climate change in a specific sector, the water sector. It shows how local actors are already adapting to climate change, links their knowledge to scientific knowledge on current and projected climate change and water availability, and facilitates a dialogue with policy makers that are involved in ADAPTS from the start, to ensure policies and plans are rooted in local realties.

Specifically, ADAPTS believes and sets out to proof that: