Adapting drinking-water systems to coastal climate change: evidence from Viet Nam and the Philippines

Effective adaptation minimizes the impacts of adverse climate hazards on drinking-water systems. However, there is no research on enablers of and barriers to effective adaptation in coastal areas of low-income countries. We interviewed staff from water utilities and government agencies in Viet Nam and the Philippines to identify factors relevant to effective adaptation, showing that barriers to adaptation include the distant time frame of climate change projections, uncertainty in these projections, and competing priorities. Education of stakeholders on climate change and its links to competing priorities, such as water quality and quantity, must occur for climate change to be recognized as an important hazard that reduces access to safe drinking-water.

Adapting drinking-water systems to coastal climate change: evidence from Viet Nam and the Philippines. Edema Ojomo and Jamie Bartram. 2016. Regional Environmental Change 16(8): 2409-2418. doi:10.1007/s10113-016-0965-8.