This briefing note describes how access to WASH and WASH infrastructure are related to climate change. Strengthening resilience towards climate change means improving access to WASH.
- Climate change is not the cause of poor water and sanitation coverage or the reversal of previous gains.
- Delivering universal access to sustainable WASH is a critical part of building resilience to the negative impacts of climate change and should be considered a climate change adaptation mechanism.
- Climate change is being used for the opportunities it provides, primarily in the form of transferring wealth, knowledge, and technology from developed to developing countries to help them adapt to and mitigate climate change.