Climate Change Adaptation for Water Management in a Green Economy 

Climate Change Adaptation for Water Management in a Green Economy 

 
Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Type: 
Working paper series
Abstract

While efforts to mitigate climate change continues by reducing greenhouse gases (ghg), the impacts of climate
change has resulted in changes to the hydro-meteorological events of floods and droughts, translated in more
extreme case of events. Climate Change has also increase the melting of the polar ice and the water towers of the
himalaya’s hindu Kush, and threaten coastal settlements with sea-level rise. all this will have significant impact on
developing countries of asia and the pacific region particularly of the least develop countries and small island states
in the pacific and indian oceans.
more than 90% of impacts of climate change are related to water issues. these impacts are not only on water supply
for household, industries and agriculture, but also on disasters and hazards during heavy rainfall, with flooded areas
and landslides. during droughts, forest fires and haze have become the norm. the spread of poor quality water
during floods and concentration of toxic water during drier months are an added health hazards. as such water
security has become a truly global challenge.
ESCAP in its “Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia Pacific” publication has articulated on, “Turning resource
constraints and the climate crisis into economic growth opportunities.” this current publication looks at the detail
challenges of water resources management from the perspective of green economy. it complemented the works in
managing the multitude of water challenges facing the vast asia and the pacific region as climate change impact is
expected to further exacerbate these challenges.
this publication is prepared to provide guidance in discussions for adaptation to climate change through integrated
water resources management and green growth to achieve green economy and sustainable development.