Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector

Today’s climate variability already has a large impact on water supply and protection. Millions of people are affected every year by droughts and floods. Future climate change is likely to make things worse.


Many people within the water sector are aware that climate change is affecting water resource management, but they are unsure how to incorporate climate information into their management structures. The main purpose of the book is to offer a compendium of specific adaptation strategies to adapt to climate change and variability – for students, water managers and decision makers. After reading this book, water professionals and advanced students should feel much more comfortable in using climate data in decision support and/or managing water resources. They will know what kind of data or information on climate change and variability are available and how they can be used within the water sector.

The book consists of two parts: the first part describes the general issues and is written mainly by the editors of the book and the second part contains specific case studies. These are drawn from a wide range of contrasting countries, including Australia, Thailand, Netherlands, Germany, Philippines, South Africa, and Yemen.


«Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector» is a contribution of the Netherlands to the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) of WMO.

Published in association with the Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC).


Edited by Fulco Ludwig, Pavel Kabat, Henk van Schaik and Michael van der Valk
Earthscan, 320 pages, ISBN 978-1-84407-652-9.


»I welcome this much-needed effort that sheds light on adaptation options for the water sector as a whole. This is a timely and excellent publication and I would highly recommend it to anyone involved in water resources management.«

— Mr Paul Reiter, Executive Director International Water Association (IWA).


acrobat_icon Book flyer (December 2008) and order form for reduced price

acrobat_icon The Book’s World Water Forum Press Release

acrobat_icon Book information sheet (2009)