We seek to catalyze a global movement to transform the way the world secures freshwater for human well-being and economic development.
Imagine a world in which governments and businesses invest in conserving and restoring forests, wetlands, and floodplains to secure freshwater supplies, reduce flood risks, and support economic development. Imagine that water resource managers worldwide reduce costs and achieve better results by integrating these investments into water management strategies alongside traditional investments in built infrastructure.
This vision represents a dramatic transformation in standard freshwater management practices worldwide. The implications of such a transformation are substantial for the restoration, protection, and sustainable management of forests, wetlands, floodplains, and other ecosystems; enhanced community resilience to the impacts of climate change; poverty alleviation in rural communities and the sustainability of livelihoods in forestry and agriculture; the reduction of water management costs; and increased access to freshwater supplies for both water and food security.
By making the financial case for natural infrastructure, empowering champions at all levels of decision making in critical institutions, harnessing strategic global partnerships, providing spatial information and decision-support tools, and stewarding collective learning, the project is working to make investing in natural ecosystems for the water-related services they provide standard practice among governments and businesses alike worldwide.