Submitted by guest blogger on Fri,03/31/2017

By Daniel Shemie, Timm Kroeger and Claudio Klemz, The Nature Conservancy

Balneário Camboriú is both a famous Brazilian beach destination and a water supply management puzzle. The population of the city is just 170,000 year-round but swells to over 800,000 during the summer high season. Like many water utilities facing growing demand and an uncertain climate, the local water company, EMASA, must invest carefully to secure water for its fluctuating customer base.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Tue,02/14/2017

Blog by Laetitia Pettinotti, Researcher at BC3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change.

Last September the WISE-UP team set out to the dry Northern region of Ghana, destination: the communities of Arigu, Bisigu, and Pwalugu which line the White Volta River. It was my second trip there, after a first scoping and data collection mission for the project back in May 2015. My role as a BC3 research economist was to collect qualitative and quantitative data on the benefits local communities derive from the surrounding nature, also referred to as ‘ecosystem services’.Read more

Submitted by James Dalton on Tue,01/17/2017

First posted on 17 January 2017: Interview with James Dalton and Peter Newborne

Water stewardship is gaining attention. Is it working? What is best practice? Dalton & Newborne on their new report

-Private sector engagement on water management is now common; not clear as yet what good stewardship looks like
-The 'DNA' of business practice needs to change as water concerns are not cascading into business operations
-Objectives between stewardship stakeholders will always be different but need to be accepted so to be successfulRead more

Submitted by guest blogger on Fri,01/13/2017

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy

The journey of our water from source to tap is long, and not one we think much about. For most of us, our water starts high in the mountains, hundreds of miles away. From there, water flows across natural and working lands until a portion is channeled to water pipes that move water to our faucets, to farms and to various types of businesses. Most often we think of those pipes as being our main water infrastructure, but upstream lands play a key role in capturing, storing and moving our water. By conserving these lands, we can better protect our water and generate additional benefits for people and nature.Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Mon,11/14/2016

Building water infrastructure such as dams contributes to economic development, food, and energy security depending on their objective. In developing countries it is often seen as the most cost effective way to increase electricity production and irrigated agriculture. However, reaching these national objectives can often come at a cost to nature and local livelihoods which depend on healthy ecosystems. Modified river flows change the timing, quantity and quality of water flowing downstream. Yet, these constantly changing river flows are essential for livelihoods dependent on flood recession farming, floodplain cattle grazing, and fish production. Read more

Submitted by James Dalton on Mon,10/24/2016

Originally published in Global Water Forum, Monday 3 October 2016. To maximise downstream water quantity, you remove vegetation – all of it, including the trees. To counter rising carbon dioxide levels, you plant trees – lots of them. How should we do both?Read more

Submitted by guest blogger on Thu,04/28/2016

WISE-UP to Climate is a multi-partnership project focussing on natural infrastructure, water security and climate change adaptation in the Tana and Volta River Basins. Using an innovative approach to catalyse change on the ground, the project aims to demonstrate natural infrastructure as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development.Read more

Submitted by Mark Smith on Tue,03/22/2016

What does it take to include nature in investment porfolios to improve water security? Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, explore the options.Read more


Submitted by guest blogger on Sat,03/19/2016

By Aaron Reuben of IUCN’s Forest and Climate Change Programme.

In late 2014 I attended a panel discussion on national infrastructure for improved water supplies. This was part of the ACES (A Community on Ecosystem Services) conference on Ecosystem Markets in Washington, DC. From the presentations and discussions, it emerged that there are three key ways to increase investment in natural infrastructure – ecosystems such as river basins, forests and wetlands which, together with ‘built infrastructure,’ are critical to maintaining water supply.Read more


Submitted by Rebecca Welling on Tue,12/15/2015

Water for nature is too often sidelined in discussions around built water infrastructure development and subsequent water allocation needs. With increasing demands for food and energy production from a growing global population, many countries look to engineered solutions to bring them water, food and energy securityRead more