Climate Change and Water Resources in the Tropical Andes
Climate change will without a doubt affect future access to clean drinking water as well as to water for sanitation, irrigation and agriculture, mining operations, and hydropower production in the tropical Andes. Some of these changes will be felt directly through altered precipitation regimes and changes in total rain or snowfall amount or changes in the length of the wet seasons. Other changes may be modulated by adjustments in ecosystem services, such as retreating glaciers or degrading wetlands (paramos) leading to altered water quality or seasonality of streamflow in rivers. Social, economic, and environmental conflicts surrounding the struggle for control over water will be exacerbated in areas where water scarcity is juxtaposed with rapidly growing water demand due to population pressure and expanding economic activities, thereby threatening traditional irrigation and water use practices.
Author: Mathias Vuille
Orginal publication date: March, 2013
Publisher: Inter-American Development Bank
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