Water in the Time of Drought: Lessons from Five Droughts around the World

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Aug 2018
This policy brief examines these crises, explores successes and pitfalls in the response mechanisms, and extracts valuable lessons to assist decision makers in dealing with droughts, providing practical guidance in terms of urban planning and management. It will do so through a three-pronged approach: First, it describes the situation each utility and region faced while tackling the drought, as well as the measures they implemented to respond to that dire situation. Second, it will present some recommendations and lessons learned to build climate resilience in the future. Lastly, it will show how droughts may often be catalysts for new strategic measures and innovation that address water stress over the long term.