With its vision for a “water wise world”, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) recently produced its 2013-2017 strategy, placeing its various programmes and activities within five thematic areas: Climate Change; Transboundary Water Management; Water Governance; Water, Energy and Food Nexus; and Water Economics. In the following two pages, we highlight why we work with these themes and the key services we provide under each theme.
Transboundary Water Management Regional cooperation on transboundary waters is a public good that benefits all parties and can open new opportunities for riparian states to sustainably develop water resources. SIWI advances equitable and cooperative development in Transboundary Water Management (TWM), both in individual basins and globally, by:
- Developing, disseminating and promoting research and tools.
- Facilitating platforms for sharing experiences, knowledge and perspectives on equitable, cooperative transboundary water development.
- Promoting the formation of management frameworks for transboundary waters.
- Building capacity in partner organisations for them to better deliver on their mandates in TWM.
- SIWI’s experts provide support to transboundary water management in four main areas: applied research and tools, thirdparty facilitation and support, regional hydro-economic modelling and capacity building.
Climate Change and Water
The impacts of climate change are felt through water. Climate-driven changes to the hydrological cycle will increase the force of rainfall, reduce the reliability of monsoons, prolong droughts in semiarid regions and reduce water storage in snow and ice. SIWI works with actors to integrate water and climate policies as a way to support community resilience and sustainable growth. We do this by:
- Generating knowledge on the linkages between climate change and water across sectors, and the role of water in adaptation and mitigation.
- Raising awareness of the impact of climate change on water in all sectors and how to adapt.
- Creating platforms to exchange experiences, knowledge and perspectives on water and climate.
- Building capacity in organisations to account for climate change in project planning, strategies, policies and laws.
Through applied research, advisory services and capacity building modules, SIWI’s water and climate specialists work with partners and clients in three main areas: climate adaptation policy and programme support, water and climate economics and vulnerability and options analyses for climate change adaptation.
SIWI develops and applies economic principles to support water management and policy-making. The economics of water involves understanding its scarcity and its value; ensuring that the costs and benefits of choices are clear, incentives revealed and that the impacts and trade-offs of the alternatives are laid out. Through applied research, advisory services and capacity building, SIWI’s water economists assist partners and clients to:
- Understand the relationship between water and economic development and growth.
- Internalise the value of water in decision making.
- Recognise the different incentives, values and trade-offs arising from different allocations of water.
- Identify the benefits of improved management through analysis of how changes in water use and services will improve human welfare.
- Assess how costs and benefits of management options impact on particular groups in society and how an improved distribution can achieved.
- Leverage areas where innovations in water use efficiency and productivity can enable the production of goods and services with less water.
- Pinpoint cost effective actions through cost and impact analysis of different management actions.
- Connect actors and strengthen platforms across the fields of water and economics.
SIWI’s water economists specialise in three core areas: hydro-economic modelling for basin management planning, vulnerability and options analyses for climate change adaptation and institutional frameworks for water management.