Climate-Resilient Water Management: An Operational Framework from South Asia

A.J. James, Aditya V. Bahadur and Shilp Verma (with Peter Reid and Soumik Biswas)
Created: 5/16/2018 -


The Action on Climate Today (ACT) programme has been actively working in five South Asian countries to help governments plan for, and manage, the impacts of climate change in the water sector. ACT has championed a Climate-Resilient Water Management (CRWM) approach as a way of increasing the resilience of water systems on which billions of people rely.

This learning paper outlines the core elements of the CRWM framework and provides examples from ACT’s work employing the framework across the region. The methodology has been deployed in South Asia, but will be of relevance to practitioners and policy makers working in water resource management around the world.


This framework is informed by these activities and within this water management interventions are sorted into three categories: 

  1.  Water resource management (including assessment, supply augmentation and demand management); 

  1.  Management of extreme events (floods and droughts); and, 

  1.  Creating an enabling environment for CRWM (including mainstreaming climate impacts in sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, among other governance instruments). 

A 60-second audio abstract can be accessed here.

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Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Storms or extreme weather events
Water supply