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Climate Change And Development Consultation On Key Researchable Issues Sectoral Issues Section 2.2. Water Resources


Document begins: CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATION ON KEY RESEARCHABLE ISSUES SECTORAL ISSUES SECTION 2.2. WATER RESOURCES LAUREL MURRAY Saleemul Huq and Hannah Reid Climate Change Group International Institute for Environment and Development 3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H 0DD, UK Tel: (+44 20) 7388 2117 Fax: (+44 20) 7388 2826 Email: saleemul.huq@iied.org hannah.reid@iied.org Climate Change and Water Resources Climate change is expected to impact global water resources with present regional changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events already being attributed to the changing climate. Moreover, evidence suggests that those countries already facing water stress (rather than just water scarcity), especially in Africa, will be particularly hard hit by changes in the hydrological cycle. Despite advances in regional modelling, predicting climate change impacts on water resources is exceedingly difficult, in part because water resources are not only shaped by the hydrological cycle but changes in population, technology, and the social, economic and political landscape. Rising population, urbanisation, pollution, changing agricultural sectors, and institutional and legislative conditions are only some of the diverse factors that ultimately determine future water demands. However, one fact remains -- that is for sure is that climate change will add further uncertainty to water ...

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  • IIED code: G00047
  • Published: 1066
  • Theme: Climate change
  • Language: English

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