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Vital for Life: Systems Thinking + Climate Change Adaptation = Improved Water Security .

Event | March 24, 2021

Chemonics and the University of North Carolina Water Institute held a webinar with water experts to discuss how water and sanitation interventions can adapt a systems approach for long-term resilience.

With the need for basic water services on the rise in lower-income countries, how can a systems approach ensure water and sanitation interventions are resilient to the impacts of external factors like COVID-19 and climate change? This event explored mainstreaming adaptation into water programs through a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationships of all stakeholders — those who control water and sanitation resources, those who influence that control, and those who use the resources.


  • Aaron Salzberg, PhD
    Director of The Water Institute, University of North Carolina


  • Jude Cobbing
    Senior Specialist, Water Infrastructure and Governance, Save the Children
  • Elisha Madamombe
    Project Coordinator, Buzi, Pungwe and Save (BUPUSA) Tri-basin Project
  • Kari Nelson, PhD *new panelist added*
    Technical Director, Social Impact
  • Eric Viala
    Chief of Party, USAID Tajikistan Rural Water Supply Activity, Chemonics