Climate change and resilient WASH in South Asia

Hanifa, 25, fetching water from the stream which is contaminated with salt, in Thatta, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Photograph by Kulsoom
Image: WaterAid/ H&M Foundation / Kulsoom

How can we build water, sanitation and hygiene services that are resilient to climate change?

Extreme weather events, such as floods and cyclones, compromise the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene services.

South Asia, with a large population living in poverty and fragile topography, is going to be most affected by climate change.

This paper looks into evidence from four South Asia countries - Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan - and provides recommendations on how to build climate-resilient WASH services.