Building the Resilience of WSS Utilities to Climate Change and Other Threats : A Road Map

Water supply and sanitation (WSS) utilities are expected to become increasingly susceptible to the expected impacts of climate change. WSS utility planners and engineers have dealt with natural climate variances and disaster planning as part of the design process for many years. However, the traditional methods for these plans have not considered the deep uncertainty surrounding many future conditions, which are further exacerbated by climate change. To help utilities incorporate resilience and robustness in their choices, this road map proposes a process in three phases that can inform the design of strategies necessary to WSS services provision. The road map builds on the understanding that climate change is most often an amplifier of existing uncertainties (many of which are threats), and, as such, should not be evaluated as a stand-alone impact. The approach reveals the strengths and vulnerabilities of investment plans concisely and helps utilities invest robustly by identifying near-term, no-regret projects that can be undertaken now, while maintaining flexibility in pursuing additional actions adaptively as future conditions evolve. These results can be achieved both with a qualitative exploration and a quantitative assessment, depending on the context and the resources available.

Resilient Water Infrastructure Design Brief

The purpose of the Resilient Water Infrastructure Design Brief is to guide users on how resilience can be built into the engineering design of their project. With a focus on the three natural hazards most likely to affect water and sanitation infrastructure (droughts, floods, and high winds from storms), the document provides a six-step process to help users address weather and climate related challenges that are most likely to affect an infrastructure component at some point in its operational lifetime. In order to achieve both systems level resilience and infrastructure level resilience, this design brief should be used in tandem with other World Bank publications, such as the 2018 guidance document “Building the Resilience of WSS Utilities to Climate Change and Other Threats: A Road Map,” which emphasizes systems level resilience and analysis. The design brief highlights the relationship between these two documents and the unique function that each serves in improving overall resilience in the water sector. It also includes guidance for users to incorporate resilience design principles into projects’ appraisal documents and a sample module/task description for applying the two documents to an engineering design or feasibility study terms of reference.

Climate Change Adaptation in Europe and Central Asia: Disaster Risk Management

The following paper serves as a sectoral background note for the regional report ‘managing Uncertainty: Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia Countries’. It focuses on what is known about the implications of climate change for extreme weather and the ability of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) to mitigate and manage the impact of extreme events. It also explains how climate change will increase weather-induced disasters in ECA, highlighting the sensitivity of ECA’s population to these hazards, and recommending various measures in the area of financial and fiscal policy, disaster risk mitigation, and emergency preparedness and management, to reduce current and future vulnerabilities. The goals of this paper are to: (i) present forecasts on how climate change will affect weather-related hazards and secondary effects, and what impact the extreme hydro-meteorological phenomena will have on the countries of Europe and Central Asia; and (ii) provide an overview of measures to mitigate and manage these risks.

WaCCliM Hoja Informativa

La hoja informativa proporciona información sobre los antecedentes, el objetivo y el enfoque del proyecto “Empresas de Servicios de Agua y Saneamiento para la Mitigación del Cambio Climático” (WaCCliM). Presenta oportunidades para mejorar el balance de carbono de las Empresas de Agua y Saneamiento mediante la actualización de tecnologías y procesos gestión.

WaCCliM Fact Sheet

This factsheet provides information about the background, objective, goal and approach of the “Water and Wasterwater Companies for Climate Mitigation” (WaCCliM) project. It presents opportunities for improving the carbon balance of water and wastewater companies through updating technologies and management processes.

Agua y Clima | Hacia un Sector del Agua Resiliente y Neutro en Carbono

Para poder limitar el cambio climático a 1,5°C, es necesario que todos los sectores sean más ambiciosos en cuanto a sus objetivos de reducción de GEI. Sin embargo, en numerosos países las posibilidades de reducir las emisiones en el sector urbano del agua no se contemplan en las NDC para el debido cumplimiento del Acuerdo de París. El proyecto Empresas de Servicios de Agua y
Saneamiento para la Mitigación del Cambio Climático (WaCCliM) apoya a las empresas de agua y saneamiento para reducir su huella de carbono y adaptarse a los impactos del cambio climático. Mediante un enfoque intersectorial que abarca la mitigación y la adaptación, consideramos las implicaciones de los gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) en el nexo agua-energía-carbono.

El folleto “Agua y Clima” ofrece una visión general de los antecedentes, los objetivos, las metas y el enfoque del WaCCliM para lograr un sector del agua resiliente y neutro en carbono.

Linking Water and Climate | Towards a Carbon Neutral, Risk Resilient Water Sector

Limiting climate change to 1.5°C requires all sectors to increase their GHG reduction ambitions. In many countries, however, the opportunities to reduce emissions in the urban water sector are not included as part of the NDCs for the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement. The “Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation” (WaCCliM) project supports water and wastewater utilities to reduce their carbon footprints and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Following a cross-sectoral approach that spans mitigation and adaptation, WaCCliM considers the implications of greenhouse gases in the water–energy–carbon nexus.

The “Linking Water and Climate” brochure gives an overview on WaCCliM’s background, objectives, goals and approach to achieve a carbon neutral, risk resilient water sector.

Introducción a la ECAM 2.2 | Libro de Ejercicios

El material “Introducción a la ECAM 2.2 | libro de ejercicios” incluye una introducción general, descripciones de características y elementos de la “Herramienta de Evaluación y Monitoreo del Desempeño Energético y las Emisiones de Carbono (ECAM)” . El documento contiene una serie de ejercicios que ayudan al lector a conocer y comprender las funcionalidades de ECAM. El lector es guiado a través de las diferentes etapas del ciclo urbano del agua desde la extracción, el tratamiento y la distribución de agua potable hasta la recolección, tratamiento y descarga de aguas residuales y la gestión de lodos fecales.

Introduction to ECAM 2.2 | Exercise Book

The Introduction to ECAM 2.2. | Exercise Book includes a general introduction to the ‘Energy Performance and Carbon Emissions Assessment and Monitoring Tool’ (ECAM), including descriptions of features and elements. Numerous exercises help the reader to get to know and understand ECAM’s functionalities. The reader is guided through the different stages of the urban water cycle from abstraction, treatment and distribution over collection, treatment, discharge and faecal Sludge management.

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