Climate
change response
for inclusive
WASH

Community member Etelvina, at one of the new water points built by WaterAid and partners, Timor-Leste. Credit: WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) is partnering with civil society organisations Plan International in Indonesia and WaterAid in Timor-Leste to address climate change in WASH.

Climate change is leading to water stress and insecurity and threatens the sustainability of WASH services across the Asia-Pacific, including in Plan Indonesia and WaterAid Timor-Leste’s WfW locations. There is an opportunity to support the WASH sector to build knowledge about how to address the multiple, intersecting impacts of climate change on WASH services and the health, gender equality and wellbeing of communities.

The project will draw from a range of climate change adaptation, WASH and gender and social inclusion concepts and on recent research approaches for assessing climate change.

This research will enable civil society organisations to:

  1. Assess how climate change affects WASH service, gender and inclusion outcomes;
  2. Use the assessment information and replicate the methods in their Water for Women Projects; and
  3. Encourage adoption of climate change assessment findings and methods by other WASH practitioners and local governments.

The research will build on recent ISF research on different disciplinary and sectoral approaches for addressing climate change, including:

  • physical risk/hazard analysis
  • capacity-vulnerability assessments, and
  • socio-ecological approaches.

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Timor

Partnered with WaterAid Timor Water for Women Project

Indonesia

Partnered with Plan Indonesia Water for Women Project

Team and partners

Associate Professor Joanne Chong

Associate Professor Joanne Chong

Research Director
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Caitlin Leahy

Caitlin Leahy

Senior Research Consultant
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Anna Gero

Anna Gero

Research Principal
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Naomi Carrard

Naomi Carrard

Research Principal
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Dr Jeremy Kohlitz

Dr Jeremy Kohlitz

Senior Research Consultant
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Tamara Megaw

Tamara Megaw

Research Consultant
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Latest

Completion of ISF’s visit to Timor-Leste

Completion of ISF’s visit to Timor-Leste

ISF’s 4-week visit to Liquica with WaterAid and its local partner Fundasaun Hafoun Timor Lorosa’e (FHTL) successfully concluded with joint reflection on our collaborative research and planning for how climate change can be considered in WaterAid Timor-Leste’s WASH...

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Research outputs

Seminar at UNIKA St. Paulus Ruteng on Impacts of Climate Change on Sustainable and Inclusive WASH

Through considering the different perspectives of women, men, and people with disabilities in the design of water and sanitation programs will promote social inclusion and increase the sustainability of the services in the face of climate change.