WWD 2020: Water and Climate Change


World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, addresses the impact of climate change on water resources as well as possible adaptation/mitigation measures. Since surface water availability decreases due to climate change and human activities, reliance on aquifers and their buffering potential is likely to grow even faster.  

World Water Day (WWD) is usually publicly celebrated in many places all around the world. Due to pandemic outbreak of Covid-19 virus, the marking of WWD will be this year mostly by sharing and learning on-line.

Nevertheless, the 2020 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020) entitled “Water and Climate Change” will be shortly available. “This report aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation.”

  • Why are groundwater systems and aquifer storage of major importance for climate-change adaptation ?
  • What has to be done to protect groundwater quality under pressure from climate-change adaptation ?

Managed Aquifer Recharge as a method to adapt to a changing climate

Answers on these and some other interesting questions are available in an overview document Climate Change Adaptation and Groundwater, prepared by IAH. More on this topic and related events on the pages of IAH Groundwater and Climate Change commission. 

Climate Change and Groundwater is one of the focal areas at IGRAC; Some of the basic climate change links with groundwater and related activities are summarised at the focal area introductory page. Much more on groundwater and climate change in 2022, a year of groundwater!