Centrality of Water in Climate Resilience


Centrality of Water in Climate Resilience

02 February 2021

3:30–5:00 p.m. (GMT +8), Tuesday,  Zoom

Water security is central to climate resilience. Achieving water security can help society transition toward a climate-resilient future. For the first session of the series, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) focused on the central role of water in adaptation and resilience-building and in climate change mitigation.

The impacts of climate change on various components of the hydrological cycle are affecting major water use sectors, such as agriculture. The majority of the adaptation and resilience options are also water-focused, whereas many of the mitigation measures needed for a net-zero emissions target often have high water footprints. Neglecting the water costs of mitigation can lead to further water insecurity or jeopardize the emissions target.

The presentations in this webinar discussed some of the ways to build up resilience through tested water solutions, featuring perspectives from IWMI and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists, followed by a discussion with ADB project officers and other stakeholders. 


(Part 1 of the ADB Water and IWMI Webinar Series: Science and Innovation for a Water-Secure Future for All)

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
02 Feb 2021 Presentation 1 Water at the center of climate risk
Richard Betts highlighted that the future of water is uncertain, which poses a major challenge for adaptation. In one projection, he notes that many countries...
Richard Betts
02 Feb 2021 Presentation 2 Centrality of water in adaptation: Early results from a meta-review
Aditi Mukherji shared how they conducted a 6-month study of 1800+ peer-reviewed documents on adaptation (post-2014). Of these, about 82% are about water...
Aditi Mukherji
02 Feb 2021 Presentation 3 Turning from risk to resilience: How the IWMI's innovations and emerging solutions can help investors?
Giriraj Amarnath discussed ways to build up resilience through tested water solutions, featuring perspectives from IWMI
Giriraj Amarnath


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