ABSTRACT

The impacts of human-induced climate change are largely mediated by water, such as alterations in precipitation and glacial melt patterns, variations in river flow, increased occurrence of droughts and floods, and sea level rise in densely populated coastal areas. Such phenomena impact both urban and rural communities in developed, emerging, and developing countries.

Taking a systems approach, this book analyzes evidence from 26 countries and identifies common barriers and bridges for local adaptation to climate change through water resources management. It includes a global set of case studies from places experiencing increased environmental and social pressure due to population growth, development and migration, including in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. 

All chapters consider the crosscutting themes of adaptive capacity, equity, and sustainability. These point to resilient water allocation policies and practices that are capable of protecting social and environmental interests, whilst ensuring the efficient use of an often-scarce resource.

chapter 1|18 pages

Introduction to adaptation to climate change through water resources management: a systems approach

ByELENA LOPEZ - GUNN AND DOMINIC STUCKER

part |2 pages

PART I Responding to extremes

chapter 4|22 pages

Climate change and floods along the Brahmaputra: migration factors in Bangladesh

ByROBERT STOJANOV, BARBORA DUŽÍ

part |2 pages

PART II Adapting livelihoods

part |2 pages

PART III Ensuring equity

part |2 pages

PART V Conclusion

chapter 20|16 pages

Barriers and bridges to adaptation to climate change through water resources management: a synthesis

ByDOMINIC STUCKER AND ELENA LOPEZ - GUNN