Resilient Water Infrastructure Design Brief

The present report focuses specifically on incorporating resilience into the engineering design of drinking water and sanitation infrastructure. It focuses narrowly on resilience in relation to three hazards, floods, droughts, and high winds. The focus is on these hazards because they are the
main threats that climate change is expected to pose to water infrastructure.

Shaping the water sector to be more climate resilient – A plea for greater and wider collaboration

Celebrating World Water Day 2021 on March 22nd, six experts, backed by five organizations (Stockholm Environment Institute, GIZ, Viva con Agua, WaterWorX and EXP-Consult) present a plea for greater and wider collaboration to shape the water sector to become more climate resilient. Improved management of water and sanitation services is fundamental not only for climate change adaptation but also for mitigation – and collaboration plays a major role in this. The report published under the umbrella of SuSanA describes important guidelines as well as specific approaches and regulatory framework conditions for cross-sectoral collaboration, as well as case studies from around the world. Low-carbon and climate-resilient water and sanitation services are technically feasible and economically viable. Cross-sectoral collaboration is needed, but must be done proportionately, with due consideration of opportunities and risks. With an appropriate regulatory framework in place, this can add important value for the implementation of SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

Methodology for establishing Baseline Scenarios

This methodology outlines the path for establishing business-as-usual (BAU) emission scenarios water and wastewater utilities could exhibit in the mid-term if the current management and practices were to continue in four easy steps. The approach is created on the basis of the “Energy Performance and Carbon Emissions Assessment and Monitoring” (ECAM) tool. Based on the projected future values of key parameters, the variables that are necessary to be inputted into ECAM – the ECAM inputs – for the computation of GHG emissions can be quantified for a certain point of time. This step is facilitated by the “Tool of Projecting ECAM Inputs for GHG Emissions as BAU Scenarios (PEIGE)” in Excel format, which automatically calculates future values once users have entered the current ECAM input values and BAU trends. BAU scenarios can help to understand the impacts of adopting a low carbon policy and can serve as a technical component to inform/decide strategic planning on climate change, emissions mitigation goal setting and long-term climate policy design.

Smart Water Management – 1st Edition

Digital applications to reduce non-revenue water and increase the energy efficiency of water utilities in countries with emerging markets and developing economies

Water Utility Climate Alliance – 2017–2021 Strategic Plan

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) formed in 2007 to provide leadership and collaboration on climate change issues facing the nation’s water agencies. This coalition, guided by a previous five-year strategic plan and annual work plans, has developed into a credible voice on climate adaptation issues, and is often asked to provide a decision maker’s perspective on the climate challenge to researchers and government agencies investing in the nation’s resilience

Climate Change and Urban Water Utilities: Challenges and Opportunities

The following P-note summarizes key points of the Working Water Note 24, Climate Change and Urban Water Utilities: Challenges and Opportunities, by Alexander Danilenko, Eric Dickson, and Michael Jacobsen. The document was published in 2010 by the Water Sector Board of the World Bank Sustainable Development Network. Readers may download the complete document from


Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA)

CRIDA provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA will initially launch as a publication, and support a community of practice to rapidly scale up implementation.

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