Pathways towards climate-resilient sanitation

How the right investments in urban sanitation and climate change need to go hand in hand

TV Studio 3
Lab debate
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
16:20 to 17:05

Extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and droughts impact negatively on sanitation infrastructure, access and management. Safely managed sanitation services are the first line of defence against the impacts of climate change and are vital to strengthen the resilience of entire communities.

However, creating climate-resilient infrastructure requires to invest in appropriate technologies, early warning systems, adequate human resources, and operation & maintenance. So far, money for WASH adaptation accounts for just 1.6% of total climate finance.

With a focus on emerging cities, participants will debate on the policies and investment choices that must be made to improve urban sanitation as a critical condition to cope with the impacts of climate change. At the end of the session, we expect that participants will consider taking action to support greater mobilisation of climate finance for urban sanitation in least developed countries.

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Organised by


Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Netherlands
Kasenga HARA
Senior Technical Expert
National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, Zambia
Antoinette KOME
Global Head of WASH
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Hossain ADIB
Director of Programmes, WaterAid Bangladesh