Putting WASH in the Water Cycle: Climate Change, Water Resources and the Future of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Challenges in Pacific Island Countries

Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have some of the lowest rates of sanitation and drinking water access due to physical isolation and limited resources. Expected climate change impacts will add increased variability in rainfall and rising sea levels. In the Journal of WaSH for Development, we propose an integrated water resource management (IWRM) approach to respond to these challenges. Holistically grasping the relationship among all activities in a catchment offers the best platform from which planners can generate adaptive, sustainable solutions to improve WASH in these vulnerable communities.

Hadwen, Wade L., Bronwyn Powell, Morgan C. MacDonald, Mark Elliott, Terence Chan, Wolfgang Gernjak, and William G. L. Aalbersberg. 2015. “Putting WASH in the Water Cycle: Climate Change, Water Resources and the Future of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Challenges in Pacific Island Countries.” Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 5: 183-191doi:10.2166/washdev.2015.133.