The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Investing in Water: Infrastructure + Technology

This article was written by Zara Amer, CEO, The Climate Change Project
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Climate change will be felt through water
Climate change will be felt through water as it alters the quality, amount, distribution and timing of available water. By 2025, one in every two people on the planet will live with water stress. For one in nine, the problem is already here. ⁣

All our existing water problems will be significantly exacerbated by climate change which is already having a measurable effect on the water cycle. Ecosystems, industries and communities will be affected as the global water crisis intensifies.⁣

In an attempt to better understand how the global water sector was evolving to meet the global water challenge, I produced and recently published the
Investing in Water: Infrastructure + Technology report. Over the course of 7 interviews I spoke with experts about the water infrastructure investment gap, the cost of the global water challenge, and we discussed how new technologies are changing the way in which water is being managed and used.

The small investing he still does is all focussed on one commodity: water
In 2017, I wrote a blog called
The Business of Water, inspired by the end credits of the movie The Big Short. ⁣

The semantics inferred a very bleak, unbalanced view of the future and in order to better understand that future I decided to produce a report that explored how Dr Michael Burry was investing in water. ⁣

That report was going to be called
Investing in Water Rich Farmland. Five research calls in my focus shifted from almond farms, high net worth investors and the secretive world of family offices to the kind of water investing that might serve a greater purpose and benefit everyone.
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Closing the Gap: New tool to track water solutions for Ceres Investor Network Members

This article was written by Robin Miller, Manager, Investor Engagement, Water Program at Ceres
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For the last eight years, investors, corporate executives and policymakers have
ranked water crises and extreme weather events (exacerbated by climate change) among the top five threats to economic growth and geopolitical stability. Additionally, the latest figures from the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 indicate that sizable parts of the global population still lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation (29 percent and 61 percent respectively) while only 59 percent of all wastewater is safely treated.

The funding needed to address the global water crisis remains comparably extensive. In the United States alone, the
American Water Works Association estimated that through 2050, $1.7 trillion USD would be needed to maintain water infrastructure. A survey in 2017 found that over 80 percent of countries reported insufficient financing to meet national water sanitation and hygiene targets.

So, how are we going to finance the solutions to the water crisis?
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Corporate Water Stewardship and the Case for Green Infrastructure

Private sector investment in green infrastructure can reduce water-related risks and provide multiple co-benefits while helping companies achieve water-stewardship goals. ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The next few decades of global water infrastructure investment will be transformative, and the choices that both public and private sector actors make now may determine if the global water crisis that looms in today’s headlines will have been a harbinger of things to come or a turning point. This report from Conservation International makes the case for private sector investment in green infrastructure as part of a broader water stewardship approach that benefits companies, stakeholders in watersheds where those companies operate and source their materials, and the global community committed to sustainable development.
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How to plug the gap in water investments | AGWA in "Development Finance" Magazine

Development Finance is the first global magazine for donors, development finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, which highlights and analyses where capital is being mobilized most effectively for the global south, in particular in terms of financing development in the secondary cities of Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The magazine's third issue features an article discussing AGWA's recent work developing a global water climate bond standard. You can find the article "How to Plug the Gap in Water Investments" by clicking here. For the full issue visit http://www.devfinance.net/knowledge-hub/. Read More...
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WUCA Releasing Two White Papers Featuring Climate Change Planning in Water Utilities

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) has released two white papers in conjunction with the National Adaptation Forum featuring case studies of water utilities actively addressing climate change. These papers advance the understanding of how the relatively new enterprise of climate change assessment and adaptation practice is developing, and provide valuable feedback from the front lines of climate change planning to guide future investment in this rapidly growing field of inquiry. More information and links to each paper can be found below. Read More...
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