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WASH and climate change adaptation in the Pacific

This project integrated climate change impacts and current practices to develop a framework to enable communities and water managers to navigate from understanding impacts to evaluating adaptation options for water supply and sanitation.

Project Category: Applied Research

Key Areas of Work: Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Project Date: Apr 01, 2013

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Project Category: 
Applied Research
Key Areas of Work: Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
Project Dates: Apr 01, 2013 – Sep, 31 2016
Client: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Research Partners:
Griffith University, Monash University, the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, University of Alabama, and the University of the South Pacific.

Further Information: Please contact Principal Investigator, Dr Wade Hadwen, at


The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PACCWASH) Project was a 3-year collaborative research project funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and managed by the International WaterCentre (IWC). Research partners were the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Griffith University, Monash University, University of Alabama (UA), and the University of the South Pacific (USP).

This project applied a systems approach to understanding WASH and climate change risks in rural communities in Pacific Island Countries (PICs), with two case studies representing extreme ends of the regional climate spectrum: flood-prone catchments in the Solomon Islands, and drought-prone atolls in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The research team worked with communities, governments and civil society groups to enhance understanding of existing WASH systems and adaptation approaches, and to develop tools to support adaptation decision-making for sustainable management of water resources and drinking water supplies in remote and rural communities.


Research and Policy Briefs

Climate Resilient WaSH in the Pacific
Climate Resilient WaSH in the Pacific 2
Policy Brief - Marshall Islands 
Policy Brief - Solomon Islands
Programming Brief - Rainwater Tanks
Programming Brief - Rainfall Variability


ADRAS WASH presentations papers outputs


Putting WASH in the Water Cycle 

Workshops and Conference Presentations

Workshop Report - WASH Future 2016

Poster - UNC Water & Health 2015
Poster - WASH 2016 Field Study
Presentation - AEEP Conference 2015
Presentation - CS WASH Fund Pacific Report
Presentation - Threats in the Pacific
Presentation - UQ WASH Forum 2016
Presentation - Integrating CCA & WASH in the Pacific
Presentation - Integrating CCA
Presentation - Water Sources and Uses


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