Why an integrated approach is the key to unlocking value in urban water management

Today, cities all over the world are dealing with a range of global pressures such as rapid urban growth, severe climate changes and aging infrastructure to provide safe and resilient water supply, collect sewage, secure a minimum spill of untreated water and reduce risks of flooding. Because of these challenges, cities experience difficulties in finding efficient and sustainable ways to manage water. Continue reading “Why an integrated approach is the key to unlocking value in urban water management”

How Cloud solutions can help cities predict flash floods more accurately

Heavy rainfall and floods impose considerable consequences to communities and infrastructure, resulting in death or injury, affecting livelihood, damaging roads, property, water networks and more.

According to a United Nations report, in the ten years from 1995 to 2015, floods accounted for 43% of all documented natural disasters, affecting 2.3 billion people, killing 157,000 and causing US$662 billion in damage. The UNESCO World Development Report further states that climate change, increasing population, loss of wetlands and rising sea levels are expected put 2 billion people at risk of flood disasters by 2050. Continue reading “How Cloud solutions can help cities predict flash floods more accurately”

Can nature provide the solutions for better water management?

Nature-based solutions are water management interventions that make targeted use of ecosystems to deliver specific water management benefits. With communities around the world increasingly facing risks and impacts due to population growth, urbanisation and climate change, nature-based solutions have a lot to offer in support of sustainable and affordable water management. Continue reading “Can nature provide the solutions for better water management?”

8 cool facts about Planet Earth that might be new to you

Earth Day is an event celebrated on 22 April every year. Globally, various events are organised to demonstrate support for environmental conservation. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has come a long way – with over 190 countries now coordinated worldwide by the Earth Day Network. Continue reading “8 cool facts about Planet Earth that might be new to you”

The truth about Climate Adaptation Studies in 5 minutes

And how they can help you build resilience to climate change

The omnipresent threat of climate change is growing. Its effects are evident in the increasing fragility of food and water security, and erratic meteorological phenomena. This has led to the development of Climate Adaption Studies (CAS) to build resilience against climate change. Continue reading “The truth about Climate Adaptation Studies in 5 minutes”

Getting the most out of water management indicators

Using meaningful indicators to link science and decision-making in water management

Sustainable river basin management is often defined as the ‘coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems’[1]. Continue reading “Getting the most out of water management indicators”

Six ways water adaptation technologies can help us deal with the changing climate

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It is generally accepted that one of climate change’s main impacts is on the hydrological cycle, the severe impacts of which we are experiencing already today. The wet areas are getting wetter, the dry areas drier, and extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storm surges have become everyday occurrences. Continue reading “Six ways water adaptation technologies can help us deal with the changing climate”

How are you planning for the next drought?

Expert interview with Michael Butts

Finding answers to environmental concerns, such as water scarcity and droughts issues is a complex task. We posed five questions to our drought expert, Michael Butts.

Follow him as he walks us through this vital topic.
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Five curious facts about climate change

And more in your copy of the guidelines to achieve sustainable adaptation

Higher temperatures and changes to other climate variables are leading to sea level rise as well as changes in wave climate, coastal environments, and the availability and quality of water for irrigation and other water demands. An increased hazard of extreme events such as storms, heavy rainfall and periods of drought and water scarcity is also expected. Continue reading “Five curious facts about climate change”