AWP Webinar: Managing the impacts of climate change on water security

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Date: 23 February 2021
Venue: Online

Rising sea levels, exacerbated severity of natural disasters, reduced nutrition levels in food, and increased diseases produced by unclean water are key impacts of climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2020 was a turning point for the world; the point at which if carbon emissions continued to rise, would set the stage for permanent and widely destructive climate change. The Pacific will suffer most from storms, in terms of mortality and economic losses. While impending storms will affect freshwater sources, more frequent storms will reduce recovery times to secure water to an acceptable point. As people are forced to seek alternative water sources, human health security issues and inequalities will become more evident. Adaptive work to secure water sources is critical, as climate change impacts like rising sea levels will persist over time even after global mean surface temperatures are stabilised. Moreover, climate variability demands that societies are better prepared to withstand sudden, rapid, and exponential climate threats.

This webinar explores climate change impacts on water security, which may have both common and differing features/challenges across Pacific countries. It is an opportunity for partners to hear about AWP’s underpinning strategic drivers for the next four years to prioritise support in the Pacific specifically, and to the Indo-Pacific region in general. The intended outcomes of the webinar are to foster a broader discussion and understanding between AWP partners to identify opportunities for future work and collaboration leading to tangible development results and new ways of approaching these complex problems.

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