New assessment of water scarcity projects worldwide
Arup has prepared a new publication for the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) which analyses over 40 projects worldwide where work has been done to tackle water scarcity.
Released during World Water Week, and in light of 2030 WRG’s prediction that there will be a 40% gap between supply and demand for freshwater by 2030, Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments has been launched to stimulate debate and action. It introduces a framework to compare and evaluate water scarcity initiatives, allowing decision makers to quickly grasp the associated costs and potential impact that can be delivered. It aims to encourage financial and political support at all levels of society and provide insights into options for tackling water scarcity.
The publication describes a number of considerations to support the identification and uptake of relevant and effective water initiatives. These include the need for improved collaboration between the public and private sectors; standardised data collection, monitoring and reporting; and a means of ensuring action is relevant at river basin level.
“The challenge in preparing the publication has been establishing a simple mechanism to evaluate and compare the impact of a wide range of initiatives on river basin level water scarcity and communicate this in a manner that enables business leaders and policy makers to bring about meaningful change.”
— Mark Tindale, Arup Associate, Water, and lead author of the report.
“This report provides a foundation for informed, collaborative decision making between the public and private sector; between government and finance and between local communities and city, regional and national authorities. Other crucial recommendations include giving prioritisation to projects which focus on reducing consumptive use of water; developing mechanisms and incentives which help reduce consumptive use and prioritisation of interventions that deliver the greatest basin level benefit at the lowest unit cost.”
— Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
The catalogue can be found at http://www.waterscarcitysolutions.org/.
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