Climate-Resilient, Low Emissions Water Security and Sanitation: USAID Water and Development Series


This brief is part of USAID 's Water and Development Technical Series, which provides guidance on important topics for developing and implementing water and sanitation activities in support of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and USAID’s plan under the strategy.

This technical brief provides guidance on USAID's climate-resilient and low-emissions water security and sanitation programming.


  • Water solutions are climate solutions.Water security and sustainable sanitation services are at the heart of both climate resilience and a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emission future.
  • Systemic and targeted action is required to achieve climate-resilient water security and sanitation that meet human, economic and ecosystem needs.
  • To drive action on climate solutions, water security and sanitation programs should include interventions focused on policy and regulation; planning, budgeting and management; data collection and analysis; fnancing; and behavior change, and draw on key principles.
  • Practitioners should directly address climate risks to programs and should also use additional recommended practices, including alignment with national climate goals, assessment of potential co-benefts to development outcomes, and adaptive management.
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