WSCC 2021 Ⅰ Adapting to Climate Change: Strengthening Urban Water Resilience


Water Security and Climate Change Conference 2021 Ⅰ 01 – 04. March, Hanoi, Vietnam

Session: Adapting to Climate Change: Strengthening Urban Water Resilience
Session Chairs: Phurba Lhendup & Asmita Poudel, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, AIT


Climate change coupled with poorly planned water management pose significant threats for water quality and water related disaster in the urban areas. This has potential consequences for human health, livelihoods, and assets, especially for the urban poor, informal settlements, and other vulnerable groups. Over the past twenty years, there has been a sustained rise and frequency in the number of climate-related disasters such as floods and droughts. A large part of disaster risk is directly or indirectly linked to water. It is estimated that the global average annual loss from disasters will increase from an annual average of US$ 260 billion in 2015 to US$ 414 billion by 2030 (Word into Action: Implementation Guide for Addressing Water- Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation: Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation, is part of the Words into Action. UNISDR,
2018). This puts at risk economic growth, poverty reduction, peace, and more generally, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Water-related disasters account for almost 90% of the 1,000 most disastrous events that have taken place since 1990 (UNISDR, 2017). Climate change is a key driver that exacerbates water-related risks and slow-onset disasters. The impacts of severe hydro-meteorological events,
including water-related disasters, result in multiple casualties and significant damage to devastating stroke. The poor and vulnerable, particularly women and girls, and vulnerable populations in regions where risks may exacerbate, fragility, conflict or forced displacement and affect peace and security, suffer most. Economic and environmental losses associated with water-related hazards are on the rise globally. Countries, communities and individuals are called upon to step up their investments in resilience and address underlying drivers of disaster risk; including climate change and unsustainable management of land and water resources.

It is envisaged that this session will contribute to sharing information, best practices, tools and approaches used to develop strategies towards water-secure urban settlements from disaster risks.

The purpose of this session is to provide information on urban water resilience related issues, vulnerability and resilience assessment, planning, tools and approaches to facilitate discussions on key challenges in mainstreaming concepts of resilience, water related disaster risks
reduction and climate change adaptation into local planning and policy development processes and for Increasing political commitment and social demand for disaster resilient development, adapted for climate change, aiming for sustainable development.

The session will facilitate sharing countries experience, case studies, best practices as well as to provoke discussions on how to best address identified management aspects and capacity gaps in this area.


Water risk management, DRR planning, Water sensitive cities, Vulnerability and risk assessment, Educational partnerships, City resilience

Oral Presentations
Rostomyan, Armen; Keesara, Venkata Reddy; Pratap, Deva Pratap: Adapting to Climate Change: Strengthening Urban Water Resilience
Khaing Kyaw, Kay; Lolupiman, Ticha; Charoensuk, Theerapol; Luangdilok, Narongrit; Sisomphon, Piyamarn: Web-based Interface for Urban Flood Warning System in Bangkok area
Mumtaz, Muhammad; Khan, Shiraz: Water Adaptation Governance at Local Level: A Case of Pakistan
Tahsin, Nazwa; Subah, Zarin; Kashem, Sumaia; Mondal, Mohammad Shahjahan; Nowreen, Sara; Murshed, Sonia Binte: Understanding Water Insecurity Dynamics in Slums of Dhaka


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