Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources

Significant gaps remain in our knowledge about the real and potential consequences of climate risks based on a population’s level of vulnerability; the effectiveness of monitoring, warning, and emergency response systems; and relevant indicators for gauging the effectiveness of adaptation policies on health. Improving access to the available knowledge on vulnerability to climate change remains a challenge in Tafilalet, Morocco, Niamey, Niger, as well as in the province of Québec, Canada.

The research

The project’s main objective is to support capacity for adapting to the impacts of climate change on water resources in Canada, Morocco, and Niger. This will involve improving human health and the resilience of natural and human systems while also promoting the communication and application of knowledge about adaptation. Specific objectives are to:

  • identify populations that are vulnerable to climate change based on existing public health and environmental data;
  • develop approaches that incorporate climate change into the design and operation of hydraulic works, management of watersheds, and agricultural planning by making best use of hydroclimatic forecasting/projections;
  • renew and facilitate access to data on disease vectors and design standards for hydraulic works;
  • build capacity in health and environmental monitoring with a focus on adaptation;
  • support the integration of existing and new information in the development of adaptation programs and policies with a view to reducing recurring risks and leveraging potential opportunities arising from climate change;
  • develop an interactive communication network about adaptation, involving researchers, decision-makers, and the public, and a platform for communicating and applying knowledge about climate health and management of health risks relating to climate change;
  • build capacity for preventing and mitigating risks relating to hydrometeorological hazards and improving the resilience of infrastructures and human health to climate change;
  • train highly skilled personnel on climate change adaptation in Canada and West Africa.

Expected outcomes

The project seeks to:

  • increase synergy among the various adaptation measures and between adaptation and priorities concerning environmental development and protection;
  • build capacity for more effective management of risks associated with climate change and extremes;
  • contribute to knowledge about adaptation at the local and international levels;
  • promote training for students and networking among the various partners in Canada, Niger, and Morocco.

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Start Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

End Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


60 months

IDRC Officer

David O'Brien

Total funding

CA$ 2,500,000


North of Sahara, North and Central America, South of Sahara, Morocco, Niger, Canada


International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change

Project Leader

Driss Ouazar


École Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs

Institution Country


Project Leader

Taha B.M.J. Ouarda


Institut national de la recherche scientifique

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