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Waterfunds Toolbox

Waterfunds Toolbox

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Water Funds are organizations that design and enhance financial and governance mechanisms which unite public, private and civil society stakeholders around a common goal to contribute to water security through nature-based solutions and sustainable watershed management. The Waterfunds Toolbox provides access to state-of-the-art knowledge on how to scope, design, and operate water funds. It was developed by Water Funds experts to help leaders succeed in developing Water Funds.

Building block(s)
Sector Financing
Both urban and rural
Organization responsible for the tool
The Nature Conservancy
Detailed description of Tool

Development pressures to feed and power the world are degrading the lands and rivers from which comes water. In many cities worldwide, drinking-water supplies are greatly affected by how land is managed. Practices that clear forests, increase erosion and create pollution reduce both water quality and reliability. Degradation of watersheds is a key challenge for sustainable water management.

Water Funds enable downstream water users - like cities, businesses, and utilities - to invest in upstream land management to improve water quality and quantity and generate long-term benefits for people and nature. The water fund model includes a range of replicable and adaptable approaches and techniques, such as Goal-Setting Ecosystem Services Analysis, Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement, Legal and Institutional Analysis, Governance and Legal Models, Partnerships, etc.

The Waterfunds Toolbox is built around 3 overarching structures:

  • TOOLBOX - a step-by-step guide
  • TRAINING - curriculum
  • NETWORK - a global community

The website contains many multimedia resources and is organized in a way that is motivational and easy to understand.

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