As the world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 round of Climate Change talks, rainwater harvesting will be on the agenda.

Rainwater harvesting is already being impacted by the changing patterns of rainfall around the world.  Changing climate conditions and rainfall are also evident here on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia with torrential downpours and extended drought periods over time.  How can you plan for the uncertainty climate change will bring to rainfall across the country?  No doubt decentralised rainwater harvesting must play a part and the capture and use of rainwater for non-potable purposes in urban environments is one small way a vast majority of the population can contribute to water conservation.  Larger scale water security and fair access to clean, healthy water will remain a major challenge in the future.

The International WaterCentre, Griffith University (Brisbane and Gold Coast) are closely montoring outcomes at COP26.  We came across this interesting article written by Bronwyn Powell – water and development specialist with the International WaterCentre – regarding issues pertinent to the Asia-Pacific region and the participation of the Australian Water Partnership in the forum.

We look forward to hearing the outcomes of COP26 and particular consideration of the role of rainwater harvesting in adapting to and mitigating effects of Climate Change.