Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye

Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye
Concentration Director
Climate Change & Sustainability
Office: CGS 0239 
(813) 974-0311


IDS 6234 – Systems Thinking: The Key to Sustainability

IDS 6938 – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

IDS 6938 – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Recent Research

The global challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change adaptation in the midst of growing water scarcity is driving the need for a paradigm shift to Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM).

IUWM is an approach that includes: interventions over the entire urban water cycle; reconsideration of the way water is used (and reused); and greater application of natural systems for water and wastewater treatment. It provides an alternative to the conventional approach for an effective and efficient management of scarce water resources.

IUWM is an adaptive approach in which decisions— reached by consultation with all stakeholders—are part of a long-term vision. It seeks to provide sustainable solutions that can respond to the increasing uncertainty about future conditions created by climate change and rapid population growth. The rapidly expanding cities in developing countries are particularly suited to IUWM solutions because new infrastructure and management frameworks can be designed from scratch using IUWM principles that include:

  • Consider the entire water cycle as one system
  • Provide water fit for purposes
  • Diversify water sources
  • Consider innovation in urban water technologies in planning and development
  • Maximize the benefits from waste water
  • Consider the urban water cycle is closely linked to the watershed
  • Recognize the importance and impacts of urban planning
  • Involve all the players
  • Strive for conductive institutional environment

While IUWM provides a good framework for identifying strategies and interventions to meet current and future challenges, there is a lack of effective tools to assess and evaluate the performance of urban water management. The Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) have jointly developed the necessary tools to help decision makers, managers and practitioners in their decisions to address urban water challenges.