The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) has published a policy brief based on the research conducted by Dr. Hemant Ojha, IFSD and Prof Nicholas Schofield, Global Future Research.  

The brief highlights seven key messages: 

  1. Focus on content: For an integrated risk assessment it is crucial to localize risk assessments to specific socioecological zones and work across different sectors.  
  2. Anticipate and iterate: Realizing the possibility of limited knowledge and uncertainty along with testing, learning, and iterating over time is necessary to manage large uncertainties.  
  3. Identify solutions that work to achieve multiple goals: Since water is a cross-sectoral system, implementing solutions in local water system can provide benefits across other sectors in different scales.  Strengthening cross-sectoral coordination in water management can deliver multiple benefits and help build system-wide resilience. 
  4. Be inclusive and co-design solutions: For proper water management, it is imperative to ensure inclusive participation in the decision-making process.  
  5. Link policy and actions across scales: It is important to strengthen policy making and implementation related collaboration among and across all levels for effective policy outcomes.  
  6. Share knowledge and strengthen partnerships: The process of sharing and further co-creating knowledge by building on local knowledge is required to enhance water security.  
  7. Integrate focused projects with high-level coordinated management: Current risk management can be enhanced by articulating the risk mitigation strategy in a coordinated way to stakeholders in different sectors and scales

The report is titled Climate Risk and Water Security in the Indo-Pacific: Risks, Responses, and a Framework for Action. It has reviewed hundreds of studies of both predicted climate impacts and responses at multiple levels of governance, to distill a framework for climate action for water security.  

To read the policy brief, please visit this AWP page.