Managing the impact of climate change on water

Climate change is having a profound effect on the environment, especially on the quality and availability of water resources. The consequences are significant. Water-related natural disasters, such as flooding, drought, and landslides, are more frequent and more severe. Rising temperatures, causing increased evaporation and glacial melt, are reducing the reliability and quality of water supplies.

IDRC’s Climate Change and Water program aims to help the world’s most vulnerable people adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change. The goal: to support research that improves climate change adaptation efforts, at the policy level and in practice.

Read the About and Approach pages for more information about our program. You can also download our program overview in English, French, or Spanish.

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Latest Project

Support for the Urban Climate Change Research Network Public Launch

As cities lead on climate change, the demand for policy-relevant evidence and practical action grows. This project will build support to allow the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) to institutionalize a sustained, global, city-focused …

Latest Result

New opportunities in climate finance at scale

​Panellists at the July 2015 climate science forum in Paris, Our Common Future Under Climate Change, discussed progress and challenges in developing large-scale, effective flows for climate adaptation financing. Thaven Naidoo of the Climate...


IDRC grantee among winners of South Africa’s 2015 Women in Science Awards


​Gina Ziervogel, an IDRC grantee and lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s department of environmental and geographic science, has won a life science award from South Africa. Ziervogel was among four women recognized by South Africa for their...

IDRC announces the 2015 Research Awards


IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues...


Highlight: Scientists respond to climate change challenges at Our Common Future conference


More than 2,200 leading scientists and researchers assembled at the “Our Common Future under Climate Change” scientific conference in Paris, France, in July. The conference aimed to address key climate-related issues ahead of the 21st United Nations...

IDRC grantees to present findings at International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation


IDRC grantees working on climate change research will present findings at the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9), taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, April 24-30, 2015. This year’s conference, “Measuring and enhancing...

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Protecting livelihoods, boosting food security in Kenya

Protecting livelihoods, boosting food security in Kenya

​Climate change impacts are strongly evident in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands, which cover 82% of the country’s total land area and host close to 70% of its livestock. Over the last 10 years, persistent drought, high temperature, and depletion of...

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