The following two published papers are related to the SWP workshop on water risks held at the Econaturkongress in Basel, Switzerland, on March 31st 2017. While the first document aims at advancing corporate water stewardships, the second one focuses on the European water dependency in relation to imports.
Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets
This paper has been released by CDP, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF, and CEO Water Mandate and serves as guidance for companies who are moving beyond water efficiency targets and are ready to take the next step in developing truly context-based approach. Context-based targets and their associated goals and planning need to take into account the situation in the catchment, including political and social situations. Thus, this paper serves especially companies and non-governmental organizations committed to improving water security for all and advancing corporate water stewardship, a topic discussed during the SWP Workshop at the Econaturkongress. Link to the document: click HERE.
Europe: Vulnerable When it Comes to the Water it Imports
Water, like energy, is a key input into any economy. International trade in commodities implies long-distance transfers of water in virtual form, where virtual water is understood to be the volume of water that has been used to produce a commodity and that is thus virtually embedded in it. Knowledge about the virtual water flows entering and leaving a region can cast a new light on the meaning of water dependencies of a region’s economy and its susceptibilities outside its borders.
The Water Footprint Network has launched a new study Dependencies of Europe’s economy on other parts of the world in terms of water resources which shows how important economic sectors in Europe have important actors in their supply chains outside of Europe. On that same coin, Europe is susceptible to water availability when it comes to products like: soybeans, rice, sugar cane, cotton which are often produced areas of scarcity. Link to the document: click HERE.