Building a Resilient City to Water Mediated Climate Change: Policy and Institutional Options (EDRI Research Report)
Potential adverse effects from climate change include limited access and service of water supply, inequitable distribution of water supply, inefficient use of water by residential and industrial consumers, and the expected increase in both marginal and absolute water demand due to population increase, improved living standards, and temperature changes due to climate change. In response to these strategic issues, policy and institutional based changes to Addis Ababa should include policies that incentivize water savings technologies amongst consumers, the development of alternative water sources, improvements to safe wastewater irrigation and city emergency prevention and control offices, and improvements to the existing wastewater management practices and public plants capacity.
EASST Spring 2014 visiting fellow Alebel Bayrau Weldesillasie’s research on minimizing anticipated water mediated climate change impacts in non-coastal cities of Africa is featured in the Ethiopian Development Research Institute’s Research Report 19. In the report, Alebel uses Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a case study, using a SWOT analysis to determine essential policy and institutional gaps that may jeopardise the adaptation capacity of the city to water mediated climate change. The study also identified the most strategic issues, prioritized and disaggregated by sector, with correlating demand and supply side policy options and institutional arrangements suggested for effective implementation of the policy measures.