Keeping the Taps Running in a Changing Climate- UN CC:e-Learn course

Submitted by Ruth Butterfield | published 15th Mar 2022 | last updated 16th Mar 2023

Climate Adaptation Training Annotation


  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 45 minutes
  • Learning product: online course
  • Sector: multi-sector
  • Language: English
  • Certificate available: no

This course is hosted on UN CC:e-Learn funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - see the SDC Climate Change and Environment Network on weADAPT for more information. Please find the course, where you can download the syllabus and enrol for full access to Keeping the Taps Running.

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This short tutorial introduces the concept of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources.

The effects of climate change are observed through the scarcity or abundance of water which in turn has serious impacts on other key socio-economic sectors such as health, agriculture, energy and infrastructure.  For any climate change adaptation planning to be done, it will be important for these sectors to consider their linkages with water resources.  

*This article provides an overview of the course. The full course with all quizzes plus learning material can be accessed here through a free registration on the UNCC:e-Learn website

Institutional background and trainer

This tutorial is a learning initiative of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as part of the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP).  It is part of the support to the NAP Toolkit to the face-to-face training package.  The NAP-GSP is a joint programme, implemented by UNDP and UN Environment, in collaboration with other UN Agencies to assist countries with their NAP processes.  The programme is funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF).

Who would find this useful?

Who should take this course:

  • The engaged public and practitioners with an interest in better understanding the cross-sectoral linkages between water resources and climate change.
  • Policy-makers wanting to increase their understanding on how an integrated approach to water management can help adaptation across sectors and how it can be an entry-point for their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). 
  • Policy-makers and experts attending the NAP-GSP face-to-face regional training on Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources.   

Engaging with the course

This is a very simple tutorial where you can access learning material and answer quizzes to check your understanding. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to : 

  1. Describe the importance of maninstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources
  2. Explain the cross linkages between water and other sectors
  3. List at least two approaches that can be entry points to mainstreaming climate risk through the NAP process.