Forest Trends / ENGIE / Valuing Nature

Revealing the Value of Water

Monday 24 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH 202
© Dave Bredeson |

It is common knowledge that water is underpriced and under valued nearly everyway on earth. Measuring the value of water, which we derive from ecosystems as a service, is key in fostering solutions to improve its management. The measure of the value of water highlights the inter-relationship that exists between different stakeholders and ecosystems at local level, including communities, farmers and private sector and other ecosystems that rely on the same resources.

The past few years have seen an increase use of economic metrics to measure the value we get from ecosystems, in particular water resources. We propose to discuss during the session the state of the art of the methodologies, various case studies and future trends and development needs. A special focus will be put on how methodologies valuing water can support social and community development through different tools linked to water valuation.


04:00 - Introduction note

04:05 - Case studies - Inspiration speeches

  • Water Valuation Framework and Corporate Case Study - Alexis Morgan - WWF
  • The Value of Green Infrastructure for Lima’s Water Supply - Gena Gammie - Forest Trends
  • Agriculture Water Valuation in Santa Cruz, Bolivia - Samuel Vionnet - Valuing Nature
  • Industrial Water Valuation in Perth, Australia - Anne Prieur-Vernat - Engie
  • The Value of Water and the U.S. Agro-Industrial Water Conflict - Paul Reig - World Resources Institute

04:40 - Q&A and panel discussion

04:50 - Share your stories and case studies! We would like to have an open discussion to learn about other experiences to get a good idea of the different case studies.

05:00 - Live poll on the value and future challenges of water valuation (interactive poll). Instructions will be given.

05:15 - Analyzis of live poll results and discussion

05:25 - Wrap-up


The session learnings and case studies summary are published here.