Local Government Perspective on Adapting Water Management to Climate Change

Margaret Pageler
Created: 7/14/2014 -

Abstract

Cities and other local authorities have a critical stake in the adaptation of water management to a changing climate. Virtually all the world’s future population growth is predicted to take place in cities and their urban landscapes. The UN estimates a global increase from the 2.9 billion urban residents in the 1990s to a staggering 5.0 billion by 2030. By 2030, 1 in 4 persons will live in a city of 500,000 people, and 1 in 10 will live in a mega-city of 10 million or more. How will climate change and variability affect water services and water safety for these many millions? What actions should local governments take to adapt water management for climate change?

Organization(s)

ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading nonprofit membership association devoted to local governments engaged in sustainability, climate protection, and clean energy initiatives.  In the United States, ICLEI USA is the recognized leader in its field, creating cutting-edge tools and establishing national standards.

Keywords

Scale
Community / Local
Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed
Water Resources
Wildlife
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Flooding
Infrastructure damage
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Storms or extreme weather events
Sociopolitical Setting
Urban
Region
International