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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

Valuing Water in a Changing Climate and Economy in the Gran Chaco Americano

Climate change and deforestation are causing extreme drought, intense rainfall, and flooding in the Gran Chaco Americano. This vast plain extends through northern Argentina, southeastern Bolivia, northwestern Paraguay, and into southwestern Brazil. …

Latest Result

Preparing for floods on Argentina's Pampas

Over the past 50 years, floods and drought have severely affected lives and livelihoods across the Western Argentinean Pampas, a vast plain of cropland and pasture. Climate change is expected to bring more frequent extreme weather events to the...


News

IDRC announces the 2015 Research Awards

06/06/2014

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...

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, highlights IDRC climate change programming

28/11/2013

“One of the three priority areas for our $1.2 billion in fast-start financing is to help the poorest and most vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the...

Events

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

24/04/2015

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...

Bridging adaptation projects in Africa with private-sector investment

10/11/2014

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Given that many of these countries also face significant limitations in public sector resources, private-sector financing is expected to play an important role going...

Latest Results

Over the past 50 years, floods and drought have severely affected lives and livelihoods across the Western Argentinean Pampas, a vast plain of cropland and pasture. Climate change is expected to bring more frequent extreme weather events to the...
Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureAward-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanMainstreaming climate change into Kenya’s new environmental policyNew report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa

Latest Results

The state of Punjab spearheaded the Green Revolution that has transformed Indian agriculture. Encouraged by price guarantees, expanded irrigation, and the introduction of high-yielding crop varieties, Punjabi farmers have shifted toward intensive...
Preparing for floods on Argentina's Pampas Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureAward-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanMainstreaming climate change into Kenya’s new environmental policyNew report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa

Latest Results

An innovative planter that can make ridges and sow seeds at the bottom of the furrows at the same time is set to boost productivity of sorghum farming in Sudan.   Planting sorghum at the bottom of furrows has been recommended as a way to conserve...
Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agriculture Award-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanMainstreaming climate change into Kenya’s new environmental policyNew report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa

Latest Results

Climate change poses one of the greatest challenges to human development in Kenya. Extreme weather events in the form of droughts and floods are undermining the country's development planning as well as the socio-economic well-being of its...
Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureAward-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in Sudan Mainstreaming climate change into Kenya’s new environmental policyNew report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa

Latest Results

Funding for projects focusing on climate change adaptation in Africa is increasing—through public grants, loans from development banks, multilateral and bilateral donors, or the private sector. Despite the availability of funding, there are many...
Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureAward-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanMainstreaming climate change into Kenya’s new environmental policy New report focuses on challenges and solutions for funding climate adaptation in Africa

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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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