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How tough is WASH? Developing indicators to measure the resilience of WASH to climate change in LMICs

StatusNot started
Period1/10/1931/07/21

Description

This project will develop indicators for measuring the resilience to climate change of water and sanitation services in rural communities and small towns in Nepal and Ethiopia. There is commitment from the governments of these countries and their partners to provide universal access to safe and resilient water and sanitation, but they face significant threats from future changing precipitation patterns. A cross-disciplinary approach is needed to resolve these problems and we integrate climate, engineering, mathematical and social science to analyse the key factors determining resilience. By analysing the response of water and sanitation to precipitation events, we will identify indicators to measure resilience. We will link with ongoing initiatives to inform national and local policies and projects aimed at improving the resilience of water and sanitation services. We will work with partners in WHO, BMGF, UNICEF and DFID to ensure the research has broader application and to support wider uptake.

Layman's description

We will develop and test indicators that will measure whether drinking water supplies and sanitation in rural areas and small towns in Nepal and Ethiopia are resilient to the future impacts of climate change, particularly increased risks of flooding and drought. These countries face major threats from climate change and these will make achieving universal access to water and sanitation more difficult. We will combine climate, engineering, mathematical and social science to analyse the key factors that affect the resilience of water and sanitation. By analysing the response of water and sanitation to precipitation events, we will identify indicators to measure resilience. We will link with the Governments and their partners in both countries to support water and sanitation policies and projects. We will work with the World Health Organization, Gates Foundation, UNICEF and the UK Government to support other countries use our findings.

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