Introducing the Aqueduct Water Management Atlas
This session introduces the Aqueduct Water Management Atlas. It presents a radically novel method of collecting data on public water management along with the results of a pilot test. The method relies on crowdsourcing information about public water management from corporate facilities. The pilot demonstrates that it is feasible to build a global data base of public water management indicators, providing actionable information to policymakers, water users, and investors.
The Aqueduct Water Management Atlas is a great opportunity for corporations to contribute to the global effort to improve water management everywhere and to achieve SDG 6. The session will offer detailed insight into the current development of the data base and outline concrete ways to get involved.
Presentation of the Approach and First Results (15 min)
Julian Koelbel, WRI/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Panel Discussion on the Potential of the Approach (20 min)
Experience of a contributing company (Jutta Hellstern, Novartis Pharma AG)
Role of the tool in the water governance landscape (Håkan Tropp, OECD)
Multi-stakeholder action on water management (Jacques Rey, GWP)
Q&A (10 min)
Opportunity for the audience to ask questions
Session participants learned about the methodology behind the Aqueduct Water Management Index. Along the results of a pilot test, the session highlighted the ease of data collection, its ability to show sub-national variation, and how it complements current water risk assessments.
During the panel discussion, the Aqueduct Water Management Index was discussed by a variety of experts. Jutta Hellstern, Novartis Pharma, explained that participating was a small effort, compared to the potential benefit that the project will bring. Hakan Tropp, OECD, highlighted how the data might complement existing efforts to improve water governance. Jacques Rey, GWP, made the point that the data would be helpful to bring the private and public sector closer together to solve problems, but also pointed out that the data will need to be complemented with other elements to bring about successful multi-stakeholder convening.
Our conclusion is that there is great value in scaling the approach that we have developed. Yet, to realise this value, it will be critical to integrate the Aqueduct Water Management Index into the right decision-making processes. To this end, we look forward to working together with organisations such as OECD and GWP to make sure the valuable information about water management that companies collect and share, will translate into better informed decisions and ultimately better water management.
Mapping Public Water Management by Harmonizing and Sharing Corporate Water Risk Informationhttp://www.wri.org/publication/mapping-public-water
In response to water crises across the globe, data on biophysical conditions associated with water risk have increasingly been collected and understood. However, a complete assessment of water risk also requires an understanding of public water management. Currently there is a lack of global comparable data on public water management, leading to incomplete assessments of risk and suboptimal risk mitigation activities. To fill in that gap in data, this Technical Note proposes the creation of a global comparable geodatabase of public water management indicators to spur tangible improvements in water management. The geodatabase will be populated by crowdsourcing data through the risk assessments of multinational companies that are incentivized to share anonymized public water management as an innovative risk reduction practice.
Crowdsourcing the First Water Management Database—With a Little Help from Companieshttp://www.wri.org/blog/2018/03/crowdsourcing-first-water-management-database-little-help-companies
This article - which has also appeared in Greenbiz - explains how company data can help form the first global database of local water management information.
RELEASE: WRI and MIT Have Figured Out How to Collect Local Water Management Data on a Global Scalehttp://www.wri.org/news/2018/03/release-wri-and-mit-have-figured-out-how-collect-local-water-management-data-global
Press release announcing WRI, MIT, and Pacific Institute's work mapping public water management.