A Key Question in Adapting to Water Challenges
More than ever before, there is an urgent need for people to find a path to more sustainable and resilient development. A looming water crisis has reached the top of the international agenda, exacerbated by climate change, which is most acutely expressed through water. The main changes will be in precipitation and evaporation, with extremes of too much and too little water impacting humans and connected ecosystems. Changes in weather patterns and seasonality as well as the melting of ice will affect the availability of water, including during crop growth seasons. With increasing pressure on water systems, this will also affect water quality and put stress on connected ecosystems. Transformations and adaptations are urgently needed to address these issues, and in the search for approaches that accelerate adaptation, social learning has been identified as crucial. However, social learning approaches are often framed as technical or scientific learning, not giving sufficient attention to the important role played by culture and heritage. Integrating culture and heritage in social learning approaches in the area of water governance could boost the human ability to adapt and bring about needed change.