Posted on 07 July 2017
Climate change is having major impacts on water resources, affecting the quantity, quality and timing of water flows in many places. These changes are likely to increase as climate change advances. Taking a holistic river basin approach to climate adaptation can bring many advantages when building resilience in natural and human systems and addressing conflicts that will increasingly arise as climate change advances. This paper reviews the advantages and challenges of such an approach, drawing on results of a vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning for the Gandaki river basin in Nepal using WWF’s ‘Flowing Forward’ methodology for assessing vulnerability of different human and environmental systems.