Climate Change

Climate Change

Water-related hazards account for 90% of all natural hazards and their frequency and intensity is generally rising.

Climate change most significantly manifests in disrupting the water cycle. Changing weather and water patterns are driving global water scarcity, and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.  The impacts transverse scales and resiliency at the basin, city and utility level need to be coordinated to ensure adaptation measures are effective.

Projects

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Water Safety Planning

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Regenerating Ecosystems with Nature-based Solution...

In an era of Europe’s natural capital being under increased cumulative pressure, RECONECT (Regenerating ECOsystems wit...

Climate Smart Water Utilities

Resilience needs to be built and coordinated at the basin, city and utility level to ensure adaptation measures for wate...

Climate Resilient Water Safety Planning to Improve...

Preventative management and planning approaches, such as Water Safety Plans (WSPs), provides a simple robust framework f...

Water-Wise Cities

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

September 18, 2020
Day by day, the energy accounts of many Danish wastewater treatment plants are looking better and better. Consequently, many wastewater companies look into a fu...
September 10, 2020
In November 2019, the Danish government established 13 so-called ‘climate partnerships’ with the private sector, covering the entire Danish business communi...
September 9, 2020
In Germany, April is usually one of the wettest months. This year, the country only received 5% of its usual rainfall, and the river Rhine, which works as the m...
September 1, 2020
Utilities are starting to adapt as they observe the first impacts of climate change on their operation… but not so many feel the urgency to contribute to redu...

News / Events

February 2, 2021
IWA is supporting awareness of #WorldWetlandsDay today. Currently 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. By 2050, we will require 55% mor...
January 25, 2021
In January 2021 the IWA Publishing team relaunched two of its titles, with new branding, aims and scopes, and editorial teams. The Journal of Water Reuse and De...
March 20, 2020
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. Adapting to the water effects of climate chan...
September 11, 2019
On the initiative Berlin’s water utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe and the Berlin Center of Competence for Water (KWB), the City of Berlin has now endorsed the ...