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    Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0

    Awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational water risks to companies and their investors is on the rise and robust, comparable, and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks.

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    Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India: A Green Infrastructure Approach

    Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity.

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    Aqueduct Water Risk Framework

    Awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational risks that water can pose to companies and their investors is on the rise. We need robust, comparable, and comprehensive indicators to help assess these water-related risks.

    In response to this demand, WRI developed the Aqueduct...

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    Water
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    Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0

    There's a growing awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational water risks to companies and their investors. Robust, comparable, and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks.

    In response to this demand, WRI developed the Aqueduct Water...

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    Water
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    Big Business and Sustainability: The Missing Links

    This piece originally appeared on The Guardian's Sustainable Business website.

    As another year begins, big business will continue falling well short of taking the leadership role on the sustainability the world urgently needs. While many chief executives now publicly identify sustainability as a key issue for their companies, walking the talk is proving more elusive.

    Successful bosses do not procrastinate. So why are boardrooms dragging their feet as sustainability challenges that have an impact on the private sector mount? As an observer of business trends for two decades, I see two interlinked problems hindering progress: first, corporate failure to embed sustainability into core business strategy, treating it instead as a standalone issue. And second, the lack of tools that allow corporations to make this leap in their day-to-day operations.

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    A Critical Moment to Harness Green Infrastructure—Not Concrete—to Secure Clean Water

    This post was co-written with James Mulligan, Executive Director at Green Community Ventures.

    Natural ecosystems provide essential services for our communities. Forests and wetlands, for example, filter the water we drink, protect neighborhoods from floods and droughts, and shade aquatic habitat for fish populations.

    While nature provides this “green infrastructure,” water utilities and other decision-makers often attempt to replicate these services with concrete-and-steel “gray infrastructure”—usually at a much greater cost. Particularly where the equivalent natural ecosystems are degraded, we build filtration plants to clean water, reservoirs to regulate water flow, and mechanical chillers to protect fish from increasing stream temperatures. And even though healthy ecosystems can reduce the operational costs of these structures, investing in restoring or enhancing various types of green infrastructure is rarely pursued—either as a substitute for or complement to gray infrastructure.

    Despite America’s history of reliance on gray infrastructure, now is a critical time to tip the scales in favor of a green infrastructure approach to water-resource management. Investing in the conservation and improved management of natural ecosystems to secure and protect water systems can keep costs down and create jobs. Green infrastructure can also provide a suite of co-benefits for the air we breathe, the places we play, the wildlife we share our landscapes with, and the climate we live in.

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    Entrepreneurs in Mexico City Turn Water Risk into Opportunity

    This post was co-authored with Jose Carlos Lombana, co-founder of Sistemas de Captación de Agua Pluvial (SCAP).

    This story is part of the “Aqueduct Sneak Peek” series. Aqueduct Sneak Peek provides an early look at how various stakeholders can use Aqueduct’s updated global water risk maps, which will be released in January 2013. Read more posts in this series.

    A study by scientists at The Nature Conservancy and other institutions estimates that by 2050, more than 1 billion city dwellers may be living on less than one bathtub’s worth of water a day. While this and other water risks are undeniably troubling, they can be overcome in many cases. With the right data and innovation, entrepreneurs can turn these risks into business opportunities.

    Rainwater Harvesting Solutions in Mexico City

    Mexico City, the biggest metropolis in the Western hemisphere, faces significant water shortages, leaving many domestic, agricultural, and industrial users exposed to severe water-related risks. The city was built on the foundations of the Aztec capital, on the bed of Lake Texcoco. Today, centuries later, its groundwater supplies are rapidly diminishing, and it relies on a network of reservoirs and decaying infrastructure to pump in water from hundreds of miles away. Furthermore, urban growth and climate change are pushing Mexico City’s water supply to the edge. Reservoirs were dangerously low during the 2009 drought, leading the government to cut off water in some areas of the city.

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    Influence of Coastal Economic Valuations in the Caribbean

    Enabling Conditions and Lessons Learned

    This paper assesses the policy influence of previous coastal ecosystem economic valuations in the Caribbean and identifies the key “enabling conditions” for valuations to influence policy, management, or investment decisions. These findings will inform WRI's and our partners’ efforts to...

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5 Sobering Realities about Global Water Security

Some people say that water is the oil of the 21st Century. If only water were that simple.

Water is very complicated. It’s affected by large-scale issues like climate change and globalization.

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Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0

Awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational water risks to companies and their investors is on the rise and robust, comparable, and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks.

Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India: A Green Infrastructure Approach

Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity.

Share

Aqueduct Water Risk Framework

Awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational risks that water can pose to companies and their investors is on the rise. We need robust, comparable, and comprehensive indicators to help assess these water-related risks.

In response to this demand, WRI developed the Aqueduct...

publication
Water

Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0

There's a growing awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational water risks to companies and their investors. Robust, comparable, and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks.

In response to this demand, WRI developed the Aqueduct Water...

publication
Water

Big Business and Sustainability: The Missing Links

This piece originally appeared on The Guardian's Sustainable Business website.

As another year begins, big business will continue falling well short of taking the leadership role on the sustainability the world urgently needs. While many chief executives now publicly identify sustainability as a key issue for their companies, walking the talk is proving more elusive.

Successful bosses do not procrastinate. So why are boardrooms dragging their feet as sustainability challenges that have an impact on the private sector mount? As an observer of business trends for two decades, I see two interlinked problems hindering progress: first, corporate failure to embed sustainability into core business strategy, treating it instead as a standalone issue. And second, the lack of tools that allow corporations to make this leap in their day-to-day operations.

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