Integrating Climate Resilience in (national) Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy and Plans - looking for resources and experience

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Dear F H Mughal

Thanks for the link. You may imagine that as an old hand at IRC, I am aware and familiar with this publication :-)

More to the point, I'd like to invite you to come up with any evidence from where you work that climate variability and change is indeed affecting WASH services and/or infrastructure. And if so, if the WASH sector is reacting to this and if so in what specific way?

PS. I do not know where you work, but having been several times in Pakistan, I have to ask you if you know some of the dedicated people that work in and around Peshawar (f.e. Iftikhar Hussain; Muhammad Jahangir; Farooq Abbasi Khan; Masroor Ahmad and many many others ;-). If you know many people and you think climate resilience in WASH is a key theme, I'd suggest you set up a discussion group or invite them here!

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Dear Chris

Thanks for this, may I ask you (I know it sounds be bit selfish ;-) to focus on how to make WASH services and infrastructure more resilient to climate change phenomena? Thanks!

As for the context I'm working on this at the moment: UNICEF and GWP have asked the consortium I'm part of (HR Wallingford and ODI in the UK) to trigger the WASH sector to address climate issues more seriously than it seems to have done so far. For this we are developing a Strategic Framework and a number of Technical Briefs or guidance papers if you like, starting with (1) what can be done at community level and how and (2) what can be done in the short and medium term at the (national) WASH sector strategic planning level. These initial components of a wider package should become available early 2015.

I will keep you posted here, Peter

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Dear Julian

Thanks so much, and apologies from my side to be slow. I forgot about this platform and also to set notifications for new posts. I will check all this now to make sure that I'm around more in time!

I surely know of ODI's work through your colleague Eva Ludi (& friends) who are on our consortium team!

I would certainly like to bounce ideas with you, if possible at fairly short notice, as our time to produce initial outputs runs out (though if all goes well our client will ask us to continue to work on this).

How can I best reach and talk to you? I use Skype (profbury) and Google Hangout This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please let me know maybe best directly to my email address! I will look on your profile page to see what options you offer.

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Dear all further to my initial post triggering this exchange and the replies I have given in the mean time, please read the call for evidence and experience that I'm currently sending out to all in my world-wide network that I know of being (in)directly involved in WASH.

I'd appreciate if you could come with as concrete and locally relevant evidence and experience with starting to address climate related issues in the WASH sector. Thanks a lot :-) - Peter

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I'm trying to understand whether any (developing) country's WASH sector is explicitly working on making the WASH sector (infrastructure, but not only) more climate resilient. As you are familiar with what happens on the ground in several countries, you may give me some hints and links to evidence or alternatively confirm my impression that still very few if any country's WASH sector is working on this. Note that I'm looking for WASH sector experience, not IWRM or Land Use planning, where I think a lot starts to happen and where really things should happen, because raising latrines against flooding or building concrete castles around water-points are only combating symptoms caused by bad practice in other sectors (mainly related to land-use), wouldn't you say so?

I am currently working on advice on integrating a Climate Resilient Development (CRD) approach into (national) Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector strategic planning. This piece of work is undertaken in the context of a broader package on Climate Resilient Development in the WASH sector on request of GWP and UNICEF.

I am contacting you in search of any evidence or concrete practical experience with addressing climate (extreme) variability and long term climate change specifically in the WASH sector (so not the broader IWRM context).

If you have any suggestions on (re)sources that know about or document such experiences, I would very much appreciate to get access to these either on the Internet or via contact you may provide me.

My request has some urgency as the deadline for producing this first guidance for national WASH strategic planners and policy makers is near.

Thanks so much for giving this a thought and maybe coming back to me with some suggestions. If helpful I'm also willing to contact any suggested persons by phone, in which case I ask you to provide the necessary contact details.

I post on this topic through various channels using the #WASHCRD tag.

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Re: Integrating Climate Resilience in (national) Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy and Plans - looking for resources and experience

Dear Peter,

I'm delighted to learn that you have been to Pakistan. I'm based in Karachi. Peshawar is far away from here. I once went to Peshawar in Dec 1988 for a month-long training at NIPA, Peshwar, on Environmental Management. And, then, we went all the way to up Malam Jamba (about 6,000 ft above MSL) - and I fell terribly ill - severe cold!!

The floods in Bangkok in 2011 made Samsen Waterworks, Bangkok, dysfunctional for some time. This was also pointed out by friends at water and wastewater management seminar, at ADB, Manila, in Nov. 2011, which I attended.

The 3 recent floods in Pakistan ripped off water and sanitation facilities in Sindh province.
It is said that the floods were as the results of effects of climate change.

I do not know those Peshawar friends of yours. I'm, however, enjoying your interesting and useful posts.

Smiles!

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