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Increasing Resilience to Climate Variability and Change

The Roles of Infrastructure and Governance in the Context of Adaptation

  • Cecilia Tortajada


  • Discusses water infrastructure challenges at the basin, national and regional levels, including those related to governance (policies, institutions, and decision

  • Highlights technical and knowledge generation, constraints and limitations, and the economic,

  • Written by leading authorities/experts in the fields addressed in the case studies


Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Antonio Augusto B. Lima, Fernanda Abreu
    Pages 157-177
  3. Victor H. Alcocer-Yamanaka, Rodrigo Murillo-Fernandez
    Pages 179-204
  4. Bülent Selek, Dilek Demirel Yazici, Hakan Aksu, A. Deniz Özdemir
    Pages 205-231
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


This book highlights the role that both infrastructure and governance play in the context of resilience and adaptation to climate variability and change. Eleven case studies analyze in-depth impacts of extreme events in projects, basins and regions in the Arid Americas (Unites States and Mexico), Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Nepal, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey and South Africa. They discuss the importance of infrastructure (mainly reservoirs) in adaptation strategies, how planning and management aspects should improve in response to changing climatic, economic, social and environmental situations and what the management, institutional and financial challenges would be for their implementation. Governance aspects (policies, institutions and decision making) and technical and knowledge limitations are a substantial part of the analyses. The case studies argue that reservoirs are essential to build resilience contributing to adaptation to climate variability and change. However, that for them to be effective, they need to be planned and managed within a governance framework that considers long-term perspectives and multi-sector and multi-level actor needs and perspectives.


Freshwater systems Climate change adaptation Greenhouse gas emissions Groundwater storage Water reuse and desalination Industrial water supply Flood control Drought mitigation Water resources development Arid regions

Editors and affiliations

  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 1
  1. 1.Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyNational University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicySingaporeSingapore

About the editors

Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. The main focus of her work at present is on the future of the world´s water, especially in terms of water, food, energy and environmental securities through coordinated policies.  She has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD, IDRC and GIZ, and has worked in countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and natural resources and environment-related policies. She is member of the OECD Initiative in Water Governance.


She is a past President of the International Water Resources Association (2007-2009) and an honorary member of the IWRA. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and Editor of book series on Water Resources Development and Management of Springer. She is also editor of Springer Briefs on Case Studies on Sustainable Development and on Water Science and Technology; and member of series Advisory Board of Springer Briefs in Earth Sciences, Geography & Earth System Sciences. She is the author and editor of more than 30 books by major international publishers. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish languages.

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