Consortium to analyse implementation of Valuing Water principles
A consortium of Dutch consultancy firms, consisting of Witteveen+Bos, Ecorys and TwynstraGudde, has been awarded with the task of analysing the implementation of the Valuing Water principles.
The principles have been adopted by the High Level Panel on Water in 2017, an initiative of the United Nations in cooperation with the World Bank.
The consortium is to find and analyse showcases where the United Nations principles of Valuing Water have been applied in policy, practice, financing or behaviour. The aim of the analysis is to capture the lessons learned from these cases. The analysis will also look into the approaches and tools that have been developed to better understand, value, and manage water.
A systemic change theory is applied to the analysis of showcases, to find an answer on how to transform the system so that it achieves and reinforces better valuing of water. The outcome is expected to enable the creation of a Leadership Coalition to promote cooperation and to strengthen global practices.
Developed by the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), the UN Water Value principles underpin the multiple values and meanings of water. Valuing water is more than a cost-benefit analysis and is necessary to make collective decisions and trade-offs that lead towards sustainable and equitable solutions.
The HLPW defined the principles and created the Valuing Water Initiative (VWI) to put these principles into practice. The VWI initiative was launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2019. The Valuing Water Initiative secretariat is hosted by the Government of the Netherlands for three years with the intention to be adopted by an international organisation as it matures.
More background on the Valuing Water initiative (VWI) and the framework.