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Adapting urban water systems to climate change - A handbook for decision makers at the local level
ICLEI, UNESCO-IHE and IWA have authored this handbook as part of the ‘SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future’ project. The handbook provides guidance for decision makers at the local level working on urban water who wish to proactively prepare for and adapt to climate change.

The handbook first examines some of the key areas of vulnerability to climate change within urban water systems. The handbook also proposes flexible and future-oriented urban water planning as a means to address climate change and implement adaptation actions. This can be achieved through strategic planning, which is a continuous, regularly evaluated process designed to cope with changing circumstances. Finally, the handbook presents case studies of cities throughout the world that have already planned for adaptation or implemented specific actions aiming at increasing their resilience to climate change.

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  • Methodology
  • Plan Action
  • Measures Implemented
  • People
  • Policy
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  • Report
  • Weblink
  • Print resource
  • Electronic resource
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity development
  • General information
  • Methodology
  • Planning
Author: Loftus, A-C., Howe, C., Anton, B., Philip, R., and Morchain, D.
Publisher: ICLEI European Secretariat
Published in: 5, 2011
Last updated: 5, 2011
Relevant for:
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Northern America
  • Oceania
  • Municipal
  • Climate adaptation
  • Water
  • English
Free to use: Yes
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