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Newly Published Framework and Standard Help to Bring Better Water Governance and Utilization

Writer:Center Time:2017-07-27

Newly Published Framework and Standard Help to Bring Better Water Governance and Utilization

At the end of May this year, Water Governance Capacity Framework (GCF) has been published online in the journal Water Resources Management (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11269-017-1677-7) by European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. Based on a series of interviews and scoring of 27 different governance capacities, the tool provides municipalities and regions with a practical advice where further improvements can be made. The GCF has already been applied in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Quito (Ecuador), Ahmedabad (India) and Bandung (Indonesia). 

Just a few days later in June, Arup, a new strategic partnership between global engineering and consulting firm and the International Water Association (IWA) form strategic partnership to accelerate transition towards water-wise cities. The partnership, which aims to empower urban leaders to bring about a paradigm shift in the way water is managed, to make cities more sustainable, resilient and liveable, have witnessed dozens of cities, urban organizations and individual urban professionals endorsing IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities  (http://www.iwa-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IWA_Principles_Water_Wise_Cities.pdf). It is expected that through such a collaboration between Arup and IWA, the knowledge available to city leaders and urban professionals to support the transition towards water-wise cities will be advanced; Young Water Professionals to play a significant role in driving this transition, empowered; and agents of change to take action towards designing water-wise cities, be influenced.

Either the standard or the framework concerning water is not only the written materials published, but more about representing the attitudes and visions we are as human beings all hold and share. Needless to say that civic leaders play an irreplaceable role in putting water at the forefront of all future design and development, still it is the aspirations and responsibilities of each and every one of us to witness the materialization of better governance of water, and then more water-wise cities all over the world.