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Adapting Water Management to Climate Change

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Wilk, J.; Wittgren, H. B.
Date: 2009
Agency: Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden
Series: Swedish Water House Policy Brief, no. 7
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5084
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
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Subject(s): climate change
water management
water resources
sustainability
adaptation
Abstract: "As a background, we present a general overview of observed and projected impacts of climate change on water resources, as summarised by IPCC, 7 and an overview of the key concepts of adaptation and vulnerability to climate change, including specific examples of adaptation strategies now in practice. However, it is not enough to point out ‘good examples’. Good examples all work in local contexts that influence and dictate their success. The sustainability of such examples, including their potential to disperse to other regions, is often hampered by barriers of different kinds. Overcoming barriers may be the most important function of policies, whether they are local or global. But modifying successful adaptation examples to local pre-conditions – whether cultural, institutional or climatic – is also essential. Therefore, some observations regarding barriers to implementation, maintenance and diffusion of adaptation measures are presented."

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