Climate change and water security: stressors, governance and mitigation measures

Water scarcity is one of the key pathways through which climate change can impact socio-economic and political instability, particularly in regions affected by resource scarcity, water-related disputes and institutional and governance failures. The scale of projected drought and water shortages in such areas creates an impetus for water resource management to be put at the centre of climate change adaptation and conflict prevention.

In this webinar, which takes place during the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Dr Hassan Janabi, Professor Angelo Riccaboni, Dr Sandra Ruckstuhl and Dr Erika Weinthal will discuss climate change impacts on water availability, the risks for the global security environment, policy options in the near-to medium-term, and what they are hoping to see from the Conference. They will also examine how water management solutions, including climate mitigation and adaptation measures, can respond to regional challenges, particularly in the most water-scarce, fragile and conflict-affected regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa. The event will also feature a short presentation by Erica Pepe, Senior Coordinator for Research and Conflict, Security and Development Analyst, IISS.

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