Increased pressures on California’s water supply, including from population growth and intense periods of drought exacerbated by climate change, are leading to the overuse of surface water and groundwater. But with existing technology and conservation methods, the state can take vital steps to improve its resilience to drought and plan for a more sustainable water future. This issue brief, produced in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a statewide analysis of the potential for improved efficiency in agricultural and urban water use, water reuse and recycling, and increased capturing of local rainwater.
This session featured a discussion around Nature-Based Solutions and the launch of the Portuguese version of the publication “Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds Landscape Assessment.”
In this webinar, Pacific Institute President Emeritus Dr. Peter Gleick and Director of Research Heather Cooley joined President Jason Morrison to discuss the Pacific Institute’s water recommendations for the incoming Biden administration.
Investing in water management can provide multiple benefits to communities and the environment. During 2019 and 2020, the Pacific Institute engaged with stakeholders in Los Angeles, California to increase consideration of co-benefits as part of their innovative, regional stormwater funding, called the Safe, Clean Water Program.
Human-caused climate change is real and accelerating, creating new challenges for all aspects of freshwater management, including meeting basic human needs for water and sanitation. Important gaps in our understanding of these challenges include both the complications climate change poses for planning, implementing, and sustaining water supply and sanitation systems, especially for the poor; and the links between these systems and the emissions of greenhouse gases that worsen the overall climate problem.
In this session, we participated in a dialogue among key UN players driving the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework and C-suite executives who have pledged support for the Water Resilience Coalition to explore how innovations in supply chain management, technology, and governance practices can advance the 2030 Agenda.
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