Water and Climate Change: Adaptation at the Margins

The impacts of climate change will largely be felt through water.
Droughts, floods, storms, and extreme events are becoming more frequent and intense. The entire water cycle is becoming unpredictable, impacting people’s daily lives and livelihoods, especially those of poor and marginalised communities. Science plays a central role in informing decision-makers about the impacts of climate change and supporting adaptation to those changes. Meanwhile, we know some critical barriers to adaptation remain social, political, and financial.

What is the role of climate science in supporting adaptation to climate change for poor, vulnerable, and marginalised communities? Leading researchers and practitioners at the forefront of climate adaptation will reflect on the social and political barriers to producing, sharing, and using climate information, and on how it should be interpreted, accessed, and applied. They will discuss the needs and challenges faced by marginalised communities and how to ensure these communities have a say in adaptation decision-making.