Climate Smart Utilities – Tools for adaptation under uncertainty

IWA Climate adaptation

Target Audience

Water utility managers, consultants, academics, financiers


IWA’s Climate Smart Utilities initiative is supporting utilities to strive towards achieving carbon neutrality while adapting to climate change. Adaptation to climate change impacts across a water system requires an understanding of the hazards that can affect the system and its vulnerabilities. This information can then be used as the basis for identifying and implementing adaptation measures.

This webinar showcases application of adaptation tools that can support utilities in adapting to climate change under uncertainty as an overall strategy to ensure climate resilience.

The focus in this webinar will be on bottom-up risk assessment approaches such as Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) and the Decision tree framework (DTF) which provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management. Examples will be shared on how such tools can be used to identify potential risks and vulnerabilities to municipal water supply systems and to propose concrete adaptation measures for reducing future risk to water security.

Learning Objectives

Following this webinar, participants would be able to:

  • Attain an overview of the structure and application of tools such as CRIDA and DTF for water utilities to support robust decision-making on adaptation.
  • Gain an understanding of the application of bottom-up approaches to address climate uncertainty and risk reduction.
  •  Inspired and see the benefit of learning more about these tools and applying them in practices


Webinar resources

  • Download the webinar presentation here

Please find below webinars resources suggested by the panelists:


International Water Association


  • Katharine Cross, Senior Advisor, Water-Cities
  • Kari Davis, Technical Director at Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Diego Juan Rodriguez, World Bank
  • Marc Tkach, Director, Infrastructure and Integrated Program Management Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Andrew Warren, Water resources & delta management, Deltares