Climate change impacts mainly on available water resources, including ensuring water and sanitation services for all (SDG6).
Significant changes in the hydrological cycle, precipitation distribution patterns, river outflows, replenishment and groundwater quality occur. There are also extreme events, such as droughts, floods, storms and melting glaciers. Climate change further increases existing challenges in ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, both in terms of quality and quantity.
Its crosscutting nature makes water security the key to successful adaptation measures, for which articulated policies, planning and actions involving governments at all levels – sectors and society – are needed.
In this theme, in its various sessions, representatives of governments, researchers, NGOs and businessmen discuss the effective adaptation of water supply and sanitation systems to climate change. Discussions will focus on adaptation to climate risks, water security and improved access to water.
Topic 91 – Alternative Water Sources:
Session 911 – Planning wastewater reuse to guarantee safe and affordable drinking water for all;
Session 912 – Diversifying the Water Matrix: Desalination – how to make it a feasible alternative.
Topic 92 – Water and Climate Change Adaptation:
Session 921 – Climate Change Adaptation – Water management in scarcity situations;
Session 922 – Climate Change and Water – Access to water and natural resources.
Topic 93 – Water and Climate Change Mitigation:
Session 931 – NDCs in Water supply and sanitation services – Frontrunners countries share their strategies.