DHI and International Water Association (IWA)
Funding from Global Environment Facility (GEF); Implemented (coordinated) by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Executed by DHI and IWA
Increasing floods and droughts due to climate change is driving a need for better planning and management of water resources at basin and local level
Climate change (which alters weather and water patterns) and human activities aimed at meeting growing demands are influencing ecosystems. They are causing increased floods in some areas and shortages and droughts in others. These events have become increasingly common, more severe, and at the same time, less predictable.
There is a growing sense of urgency around the need to improve resilience within river basins, and for this to become a critical part of water management plans.
DHI and IWA are developing a computer software-based decision support system (DSS) which has tools to incorporate information about floods and droughts and likely climatic scenarios into planning across scales (e.g. Integrated Water Resources Management, Water Safety Plan, Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis / Strategic Action Programme). The tool is being tested and validated in 3 pilot basins (Volta, Lake Victoria and Chao Phraya). The tool will enable users to compile information and form models, indicators and existing planning approaches, so as to develop future planning scenarios that are robust, resilient and pragmatic.
The DSS being developed will enable users to analyse information on current and projected futures which can be used to improve their planning around flood and drought management. For example, water utilities are mandated to provide a safe supply of water to their consumers and need to prepare and respond to the impacts of floods and droughts. The DSS will enable operators of utilities (and other uses) to generate projections of changes in climatic conditions that would result in a flood or drought event. This information can be used to develop a clear and well-thought-out action plan in the likelihood of such an event.
Flood, Drought, Climate Change, Forecast, Management, Planning, DSS, stakeholders, IWA, DHI, UNEP, GEF
COUNTRIES OR REGIONS INVOLVED
West Africa (Volta Basin - Burkina Faso and Ghana); East Africa (Lake Victoria Basin - Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania with some engagement with Rwanda and Burundi); Thailand (Chao Phraya Basin); Nile Basin; Danube Basin
Basin organizations and water utilities
The Knowledge Platform is designed to promote and showcase an emerging set of approaches to water resources management that address climate change and other uncertainties — increasing the use of "bottom-up approaches" through building capacity towards implementation, informing relevant parties, engaging in discussion, and creating new networks. This is an ongoing project of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) funded by the World Bank Group.