Thematic brief: Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Water Sector

The Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) was commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in response to a recognised need to provide specific advice on climate change, extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’).

This thematic brief, Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Water Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report, summarises the key findings of the report relevant to water resources and water management. It draws exclusively on material from SREX. It includes an assessment of the science and the implications for society and sustainable development. It is intended to be useful for policy-makers, decision takers and planners, locally, nationally and regionally. In recognition that these readers will have many competing calls on both their time and budgets, this brief seeks to highlight key thematic findings and learning from SREX. It makes suggestions for immediate action to avoid further damage from climate extremes and to build a more resilient future with benefits that go beyond water management.

Areas of Expertise

Climate change and sustainability

  • Policy response to climate change
  • Climate resilience and clean energy
  • Migration and other climate impacts

Conflict and fragility

  • Disaster preparedness