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Managing the impact of climate change on water

Climate change is having a profound effect on the environment, especially on the quality and availability of water resources. The consequences are significant. Water-related natural disasters, such as flooding, drought, and landslides, are more frequent and more severe. Rising temperatures, causing increased evaporation and glacial melt, are reducing the reliability and quality of water supplies.

IDRC’s Climate Change and Water program aims to help the world’s most vulnerable people adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change. The goal: to support research that improves climate change adaptation efforts, at the policy level and in practice.

Read the About and Approach pages for more information about our program. You can also download our program overview in English, French, or Spanish.

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Latest Project

Welfare Evaluation and the Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Water Supply and Demand in Chile, Colombia, and Bolivia

Across Latin America, water consumption is increasing significantly due to population growth and economic growth. Higher temperatures and less precipitation as a result of climate change are expected to diminish water availability and intensify …

Latest Result

New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa

Funding for projects focusing on climate change adaptation in Africa is increasing—through public grants, loans from development banks, multilateral and bilateral donors, or the private sector. Despite the availability of funding, there are many...


News

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, highlights IDRC climate change programming

28/11/2013

“One of the three priority areas for our $1.2 billion in fast-start financing is to help the poorest and most vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the...

IDRC grantee honoured for work with African farmers

07/10/2013

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda was awarded the 2013 Yara Prize for an African Green Revolution for her commitment to generating knowledge, facilitating dialogue, and advocating for change in Africa’s agricultural sector.  As CEO of the Food, Agriculture and...

Events

Highlight: IDRC's Fast-start funded partners share findings on climate change adaptation

02/12/2013

Researchers funded by the Government of Canada’s fast-start climate finance met at a workshop in Panama City to share preliminary findings and discuss their approaches to research on climate change adaptation with decision-makers from various...

IDRC grantees to share findings on adaptation in coastal areas

01/10/2013

People living in coastal areas, especially large cities, are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as storm surges and flooding, coastal erosion, groundwater salinization, and sea level rise. Over the past three years, IDRC’s...

Latest Results

Funding for projects focusing on climate change adaptation in Africa is increasing—through public grants, loans from development banks, multilateral and bilateral donors, or the private sector. Despite the availability of funding, there are many...
New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa Extreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa RicaBottled or tap? Testing perceptions about water in Lebanon and JordanSunshine and saris equals safe drinking water

Latest Results

IDRC-supported researchers have found changes in weather patterns and in the intensity of extreme weather events are resulting in the erosion of low-lying land areas, flooding, and damage to buildings and infrastructure along the Rio de la Plata...
New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa Extreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa RicaBottled or tap? Testing perceptions about water in Lebanon and JordanSunshine and saris equals safe drinking water

Latest Results

Research shows that weather-related emergencies, such as floods, significantly increase internal migration in Costa Rica. An increase of one hydro-meteorological emergency raises migration rates between 0.7 and 0.11 percentage points. Therefore...
New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa Extreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la Plata Understanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa RicaBottled or tap? Testing perceptions about water in Lebanon and JordanSunshine and saris equals safe drinking water

Latest Results

Researchers compared water quality available in two informal settlements in Lebanon and Jordan. Tests were conducted to compare water supplied by the municipality and bottled water. The results: tests showed that their quality is similar, although...
New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa Extreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa Rica Bottled or tap? Testing perceptions about water in Lebanon and JordanSunshine and saris equals safe drinking water

Latest Results

Researchers from Canada and India funded by IDRC have found that filtering water through sari-cloth before purifying it in the sun’s heat makes polluted water safe to drink.    Polluted water is often the only source of drinking water for many...
New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa Extreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa RicaBottled or tap? Testing perceptions about water in Lebanon and Jordan Sunshine and saris equals safe drinking water

Featured Publication

New ways to deal with Cape Town’s flooded communities

New ways to deal with Cape Town’s flooded communities

Addressing life's challenges in Cape Town’s flooded shacklands calls for communities and the municipality to work together, new research from the African Centre for Cities has found.The Cape Flats is a low-lying coastal zone outside Cape Town, South...

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