Cities and communities worldwide are increasingly suffering the effects of climate-related weather hazards, such as floods, droughts, sea level rise, heatwaves, landslides, and violent storms. Yet many water and sanitation utilities are not sufficiently prepared to handle these risks. Infrastructure currently designed under historical climate conditions is more vulnerable to future weather extremes and climate change.
After launching the Utilities Fight COVID-19 campaign, GWOPA/UN-Habitat and BMZ/GIZ continue the webinar series with the aim to showcase best practices and lessons learned on utility climate action, circular development, and wastewater management. The GWOPA webinars aim to provide a platform to make the experiences and the concrete needs of utilities heard and seen, and to facilitate global exchange by bringing operators of different regions together.
The first webinars, held in June 2021, showcased and discussed examples from utility perspectives in preparing for, responding to, and fighting climate change challenges and their impacts on water supply, water and wastewater infrastructure, and utility staff.