Journal article

Sustainable Urban Water Management under a Changing Climate: The Role of Spatial Planning

Anna Hurlimann, Elizabeth Wilson

WATER | MDPI | Published : 2018


The provision of a sustainable supply of water is an increasingly difficult task to achieve in many urban environments. This arises because of pressures related to population growth and increased per capita demand for water. Additionally, climate change is impacting the natural cycle of water in many locations, with a significant impact projected for the future. Many scholars advocate 'sustainable urban water management' (SUWM) as an approach that can address the root causes of these challenges. Yet the implementation of SUWM and adaptation to climate change in the urban water sector remains limited. This paper argues that spatial planning provides tools and processes that can facilitate the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank The University of Melbourne for their financial support of Anna Hurlimann's sabbatical, during which this paper was conceived and written. Thanks also to Oxford Brookes University, for hosting Hurlimann as a visiting researcher during her sabbatical.