This World Water Day, the CEO Water Mandate is thrilled to launch a beta version of Water Action Hub 3.0 – a collaboration between the Mandate and GIZ to highlight, share, and scale stewardship lessons learned around the world.
We invite Mandate endorsing companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes to join the Hub and test this new functionality. We will continuously update and refine it based on your feedback and experiences before launching the full version at Stockholm World Water Week in August.
Background on the Hub
The Water Action Hub is a global online collaboration and knowledge sharing tool developed by the Mandate. Since its initial launch in 2012, the Hub has enabled organizations from all corners of the world to connect to potential partners, showcase and garner interest in their own projects, and learn about others’ efforts. The Hub now has over 1500 users from over 600 organizations and 550 projects, including hundreds sourced from CDP, BAFWAC, California Water Action Collaboration, El Agua Nos Une, and others.
Introducing Hub 3.0 – Lessons Learned & Matching
The water stewardship community has already unearthed many critical insights into the challenges that hinder stewardship efforts and best practices that can drive impact effectively, credibly, and efficiently. Unfortunately, as of yet, there is no way to systematically and reliably ensure that new water stewardship efforts integrate these past lessons into their project plans. Further, existing lessons learned have only scratched the surface of insight possible and necessary. There is much more knowledge and experience remaining to be captured and integrated into existing mainstream stewardship practice. This dearth of access to lessons learned among new water stewardship projects means they often repeat preventable problems and in so doing waste precious time and financial resources.
Water Action Hub 3.0 seeks to address this critical need. The Hub 3.0 features new functionality that allows us to compile key stewardship lessons learned from GIZ and other stewardship practitioners and allows Hub users themselves to author, publish, and share their own lessons learned.
In addition to offering these lessons learned, Water Action Hub 3.0 also features a number of other important updates, including:
- Matching functionality that proactively suggests projects and organizations that you can partner with based on your needs, interests, and locations
- The ability to specify what services your organization offers and in what locations
- The ability to specify what services your project needs and in what locations
- Basin water risk scores and country profiles from WWF’s Water Risk Filter
- New “Water Fund” and “Coalition / Consortium” organization types
The Water Action Hub is built for businesses, NGOs, government agencies, communities, academics, and more. It is entirely free and open access. Anyone in the world can use it! Indeed, the more organizations use it around the world, the more powerful and useful it becomes for all involved.
If you’d like to discuss in more detail how you and your organization can get involved or if you have have ideas on how we can further strengthen the Hub, I’d be delighted to have a chat with you. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions, suggestions, or opportunities.