Pierre Mukheibir

Professor of Water Futures

I am professionally registered civil engineer with over 20 years experience in the water and sanitation sector. I have worked in both the development and research environments, with a specific focus on water and sanitation and more recently in the climate change adaptation sector. Before joining ISF, I worked for three years as a senior planning engineer with an Australian water utility, and before that with the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town.
My PhD thesis examined the impact of climate change on water resource management in small towns. The thesis demonstrated an approach that could be adopted by small towns to develop their water adaptation response to climate change impacts that includes an assessment of existing climate variability responses. By drawing on a case study of a small town in South Africa, it was demonstrated that the consequence of climate change impacts on water resources is an economic issue when it comes to meeting projected water demand and ensuring access to basic water supplies.

I have assisted the water businesses of Melbourne to develop a more resilient water supply and demand strategy for the next 50 years but taking into consideration future uncertainty due to in part by climate change.

More recently, I have been working in Kiribati undertaking trainer of trainer work around indentifying the triggers and indicators of change for sustainable potable water supplies. 

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Managing uncertainty under multiple drivers and disruptors

This Multi-Objective Adaptive Planning Framework incorporates responsive and adaptive planning techniques to manage the variety of future uncertainties, while meeting multiple objectives.


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DAMP Handbook

A handbook to help local facilitators train communities to identify climate change adaptation strategies and to identify indicators of change and triggers for when to act.

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Cross-Scale Barriers to Adaptation in Local Government, Australia

A checklist matrix of 8-10 critical barriers to climate change adaptation for local government across Australia was developed with proposed strategies to overcome them.

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Australian small businesses adapting to climate change

The results of a year-long research study examining the underlying factors and processes shaping the adaptive capacity of Australian Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to climate change...

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Adaptive planning for resilient urban water systems under an uncertain future

There is now widespread recognition across Australian water businesses that a generational shift is required away from conventional deterministic planning towards more flexible and adaptive...

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Framework for developing a municipal adaptation plan

This article originally appeared in Tiempo Issue 87 April 2008

A framework for the development of a Municipal Adaptation Plan (MAP)

By Pierre Mukheibir and Gina Ziervogel


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Pierre is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

Sipalay, Philippines

Small islands in Sipalay in Negros Occidental, Philippines (December 2019)

Small Islands and Climate Change

This theme curates information on the impacts of climate change on islands and the many approaches and activities that island inhabitants have done to respond to these impacts.
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Cities and climate change

Views on trends, challenges, findings and case studies of cities adapting throughout the world.
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Governance, institutions and policy

Advancing new insights into good governance for sustainable development in the face of social and ecological change.
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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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