Climate change has significant implications for freshwater infrastructure. Impacts such as increases in droughts and floods as well as changing precipitation patterns in countries across the world imply that development and conservation programs could fail to realize intended benefits or, worse still, contribute to increased exposure of populations to the hazards of climate change. However, freshwater infrastructure developed and operated in a sustainable and climate informed manner can play a significant role in helping communities adapt while placing as little additional pressure on ecosystems as possible.

Written by WWF and commissioned by the World Bank, Flowing Forward develops guiding principles, processes, and methodologies for incorporating climate change adaptation for water sector projects with a particular emphasis on impacts on ecosystems.

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