Adaptation to Climate Extremes

Extreme weather events affect all regions of the world, with projected increases in the intensity and frequency of droughts, floods, and cyclones threatening the ability of governments and utilities to protect infrastrucure and sustain essential water and sanitation services.

Extreme weather events and water scarcity threaten the integrity and functionality of aging water and sanitation infrastructure in high income countries and hinder expansion of services in low income settings. As countries replace aging infrastructure and expand and upgrade water and sanitation services, they need to identify, adopt, and implement effective adaptation strategies in order to mitigate vulnerabilities.

The Water Institute’s work on adaptation to climate extremes assesses the vulnerability of drinking water and sanitation systems at different scales, identifies, and ranks opportunities for adaptation, and distinguishes, curates and disseminates promising practices. We believe that understanding the vulnerability of water and sanitation services and anticipating future challenges can inform adaptation strategies that will help to increase resilience to climate extremes.

Pacific Island Countries such as the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, and Fiji are particularly susceptible to a range of extreme climate events, including droughts, floods, and storms.

Pacific Island Countries such as the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, and Fiji are particularly susceptible to a range of extreme climate events, including droughts, floods, and storms.

Examples of projects include: