During the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília, the Business Alliance for Water and Climate (BAFWAC) signed an agreement with the Moroccan Coalition for Water (COALMA) to collaborate on water and climate, in particular around knowledge sharing and policy engagement.
In the face of profound global water challenges, five global multi-stakeholder partnerships representing business, governments, intergovernmental organizations, academia, and civil society organizations announce a new collaboration effort designed to accelerate progress toward ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation around the world.
WRI and MIT have developed a proven method to crowdsource local data through businesses to develop a unique water management geodatabase, which is now being scaled. Pinpointing areas with strong or weak water management will allow governments, utilities, businesses and investors to more precisely channel resources to places with the most need.
First convened in November 2017, the Task Force has seen some of its earliest benefit in linking together business representatives and government officials based on an urgent need and a common vision. It is this deepening relationship that will get the Western Cape through the worst drought in at least 300 years.
In 2014, the Mandate helped found the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) – unfortunately but affectionately termed “the quack.”
The Action Platform officially launches today! Over the next three years, the Platform will advance the Mandate’s pioneering work on water stewardship. It will work with companies, UN entities, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders to foster collective action, test water stewardship best practices, and mobilize business action.
Revolve Water, in association with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), recently published their “Water Around the Mediterranean” 2017 report. Dedicated to communicating the value of water, Revolve Water’s organizational mission is to identify, encourage and implement innovative solutions for citizens, companies, and cities to become more sustainable in their water and energy usage.
In November, over a hundred companies and NGOs came together in Mumbai for CDP’s 2017 Water Forum. The convening focused on how companies can stay ahead of the sustainability reporting curve and learn how to adopt best practice water management.
Recent work suggests a growing number of companies are engaging in improved water management as part of water stewardship. But the tangible results remain unclear.
By the year 2030, water demand is expected to exceed sustainable supply by 40 percent, but only 42 percent of respondents from a recent survey conducted by Ecolab and GreenBiz Group cited water management as a strategic corporate initiative.