Does Water Footprint Assessment Enhance Sustainable Management of River Basins?


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Increased demands with growing populations and climate change effects on the water cycle, are posing greater threats to sustainability of basins globally. The goals of Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) have not been met, partly due to the lack of a common language bringing together the perspectives of multiple stakeholders in a clear and comparable way. Emerging tools and approaches such as Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) are increasingly being used to build a shared understanding of water uses and to support equitable benefit sharing in the context of food-energy-water security goals.


The event explores, through practical examples, how these emerging tools and approaches are being used to investigate the conflicts, trade-offs and synergies between water uses within specific river basins.  Insights from the SUIZAGUA public-private initiative in Latin America will be shared.


The discussion will focus on challenges, opportunities and limitations in applying WFA in practice. An open discussion session engaging the audience will build a common understanding of the problems at hand, holistic approaches and a way forward for WFA as a useful tool for water managers.

09:00     Welcome and Opening Remarks
              Ms. Ruth Mathews, WFN

Water Footprint Assessment (WFA): State of Art

09:10     WFA in a Water Regulatory Context – A Case from Environment Agency of England
              Dr. G. P. Zhang, WFN

09:30     SUIZAGUA: Engagement with Businesses, Governments, and Other Initiatives in LA Using WFA as a Tool in River Basin Water Management
              Mr. Alejandro Conza,  Agualimpia and Ms. Ulrike Broschek, Fundación Chile

09:50     WFA in the Textile Sector in Bangladesh – A Cluster Approach for Multiple Industries in a Region
             Dr. Ertug Ercin, WFN

10:10     Question & Answers


10:30     Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: WFA and its Application in River Basin

11:00     Moderated Panel: Introduction
              Dr. Dave Tickner, WWF

10:10     Panellists

  •  Dr. A.K. Chapagain, WFN
  •  Dr. Guillermo Fajardo, Duke Energy International (Perú)
  •  Dr. Guy Pegram, Pegasys [tbc]
  •  Dr. Brian Richter, TNC [tbc]

12:00     Questions & Answers

12:20     Wrap up
               Dr. Dave Tickner, WWF

12:30     Close of Seminar

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