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Climate change adaptation technologies for water: a practitioner’s guide to adaptation technologies for increased water sector resilience

Publication date: 
Friday 11 August 2017
Author: 
UNEP-DHI Partnership, UNEP-DTU, CTCN
Type of publication: 
Relevant for: 
Worldwide
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Collection: 

This guide aims to help address this challenge by providing the missing identification and evaluation assistance that those looking for adaptation solutions initially face. More specifically, it focuses on adaptation technologies for building resilience to climate change induced hazards in the water sector.

It provides a simple and comprehensive overview of specific water technologies and techniques that address challenges resulting from climate change and help to build adaptive capacity. The cornerstone of this guide is the water climate change adaptation technology taxonomy developed, systematizing the most pressing climate change challenges in water sector, and their corresponding water adaptation technologies.

A total of 102 water adaptation technologies are included in this guide. Further to introduction of the adaptation technologies, several approaches to selection and prioritization various adaptation technologies are also discussed.

Water Adaptation Technologies included in this guide can be accessed below

By clicking on the links you can download the individual technology description briefs.

Unknown climate risks

Hazard and risk assessment:

Vulnerability assessment:

Too little water

Water allocation:

Water augmentation:

Water efficiency and demand management:

Water storage:

Alternative water sources:

Too much water

Riverine flood protection:

Urban storm water management:

Glacier lake outburst prevention:

Water pollution

Limiting nutrient leakage:

Mitigating pollution at source:

Flood proofing for water quality:

Improved water treatment capacity:

Sea level rise

Limiting saltwater intrusion:

Built infrastructure for shoreline protection:

Green infrastructure for shoreline protection:

Accommodation and management:

Disaster preparedness

Early warning:

Disaster response: