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Climate Risk in the Water Sector


Climate Risk in the Water Sector


Michael Wheelahan

Principal, Proud Mary Consulting

Thursday, 29th August 2019

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM


About the topic

Climate change is reshaping the future for freshwater. More torrential rains, floods and droughts can be expected in many areas. Changing precipitation patterns are shifting rainy seasons and affecting the timing and quantity of melt water from snow pack. Impacts on water quality can be expected and freshwater ecosystems are especially vulnerable.

Climate risk management in the water sector is multi-faceted: risk of too much, too little and too polluted water; and disruption to freshwater systems. In addition, lack of access to water supply and sanitation can be considered as another water-related risk.

Managing water-related risks requires improved policy coherence across sectors, such as climate change adaptation, water management and disaster risk reduction. It is also necessary to invest in water security and sustainable growth.

About Michael Wheelahan

Michael is the Principal at Proud Mary Consulting. He is a recognised leader in the many facets of climate change risk management, particularly for water corporations, but applicable across sectors.

He is the former Director, Climate Change Policy in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, with his team responsible for implementing the Climate Change Act 2017.

Michael is a lawyer by background, and has over twenty years-experience in the Victorian government in a range of policy, strategy, and governance roles.

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