Pre-feasibility study to strengthen climate and environmental monitoring systems to improve drinking water management

Potential climate/ disaster impacts addressed by approach & Justification for approach:

Climate change is impacting the hydrological cycle, thus changing the frequency and intensity of rainfall, resulting in extreme flooding and drought events. This has a direct impact on the quantity and quality of water resources in the city of Cuenca, overburdening the water catchment system and impacting the water utility's performance. Despite the efforts made by the municipality, there are still technical limitations on the generation and interpretation of climate information. Furthermore, the rise of climate change means that previous hydrological records can no longer accurately project future conditions. Improved, water-related climate data is required to understand the relation between climate change and the changes in the water cycle, as well as the current and future climate-related risks and vulnerabilities. Furthermore, it will help improve the quality of information on which investment decisions are made.

Process of Implementation:

After shortlisting the city, the Gap Fund conducted a detailed assessment taht was approved by the TS. The team prepared a ToR with the city and later on, the TA was implemented and supervised by the GF team. Throughout the process, all relevant stakeholders were engaged.

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