World Resource Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct Tool is a publicly-available online global database of local-level water risk indicators and a global standard for measuring and reporting geographic water risk. It aims to inform public-private engagement on sustainable water management, facilitate smarter public and private investments on water technologies and infrastructure, and allow investors to better respond to differences in company exposure and response to water risk.
The tool’s framework for assessing water risk is comprised of three primary measures: 1) access and growth constraints, 2) cost risks, and 3) disruption potential.
Its water risk assessment looks not only at water supply issues, but also those related to water quality, potential regulatory pressure, governance, climate change impacts, and socio-economic dynamics, while tracking the distribution of population, industry, and irrigated agriculture.
Aqueduct consists of four primary components:
- The Water Risk Atlas: The Water Risk Atlas includes the majority of the tool’s water data and mapping functions.
- The Water Risk Collector: The Water Risk Collector will allow for the continuous, decentralized updating and improvement of the Water Risk Atlas over time.
- The Water Risk Reporter: The Water Risk Reporter will serve as a standardized framework for companies to measure and report on their exposure to water risk, both at a facility level and at an aggregated corporate level.
- Water Risk News: Water Risk News will systematically scan the Internet and other repositories of water risk news articles and analyze, geo-code, time-code, and risk-code these articles and make them easily accessible to the user by clicking directly on the Aqueduct maps.
Aqueduct will soon provide global maps of baseline water stress (2000) and long term change in water stress (2025, 2050 and 2095). In addition, it has already extensively mapped water risk in the Yellow River Basin, and plans to do so for the Yangtze, Murray Darling, Orange-Vaal, and Colorado River basins in 2011, and more in 2012 and beyond.
|Assessing Water-Related Business Risks||
|Understanding and Responding to Water Use and Quality Impacts||
|Conveying Water Information to Stakeholders||