The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)



The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC) followed the international Dialogue of Water and Climate, and has been operational from 2004 to the end of 2010. The programme aimed to stimulate activities in the water sector that contribute to managing the effects of climate variability and change, in particular for the most vulnerable communities.

The programme has built bridges between water managers and the climate community, from the local up to the global level. Through increasing awareness of the issues and of potential solutions it seeked to set in motion social and political processes that will lead to the adoption of coping strategies and best practices. It aimed to stimulate adaptation to climate change in the water sector. It has done that very well.


» These webpages resemble the offical repository of the heritage of CPWC’s legacy.


»There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,
if we take strong action now.«

Sir Nicholas Stern,
Adviser to the UK Government on the economics of climate change and development (2006)


Henk.small.200The International Dialogue on Water and Climate (DWC) was a platform that bridged the information gaps between the water and climate sectors in order to improve our capacity to cope with the impacts on water management of increasing climate variability and change. The goal of the Dialogue was to develop a knowledge-base, generate widespread awareness, identify policy and management options that build such capacities, learn from the experiences throughout the world, and make this knowledge available to the most affected communities.


» CPWC publications

» CPWC movies

» Perspectives on water and climate change adaptation