In my last blog post I have briefly mentioned the announcement that was made during Water Week 2012 regarding the Water Action Hub. I think this is a very important initiative, so I decided to dedicate this post to provide more information about this topic.
What is Water Action Hub?
The Water Action Hub was developed by the CEO Water Mandate in partnership with the International Business Leaders Forum; Deloitte; GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the Pacific Institute. This platform was designed to promote collaboration among businesses and other stakeholders in water-related initiatives.
Action areas that usually come first on our list at Netafim are Sustainable Agriculture, Efficient Water Use and Monitoring and Knowledge Sharing. The hub offers additional important action areas.
The hub facilitates match-making between users for collaboration, by allowing users to identify potential collective action opportunities.
How does it work?
The Hub allows users to identify potential collective action opportunities via four primary entry points: river basins, organizations, projects, and collaboration action areas.
To find matches, Hub users can search across information sets and filter criteria, including global/trans-regional action areas, a specific geography of interest, perceived local water challenges, scope of existing on-the-ground projects, or type of partner organization sought.
The Hub features a simple mapping function that visually places organizations’ salient water-related projects within river basin maps. Each river basin map includes the related projects and links to additional information entered by Hub users for their respective projects.
Use this link to learn first-hand how effective this tool can be.
Interoperability with other online analytical mapping tools
The maps are designed to allow interoperability with other online analytical mapping tools such as the World Resource Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas (which maps a range of water risk factors at the watershed level) or the WWF Water Risk Filter (which helps companies identify water risks and mitigation strategies at the basin level).
Tagging system links users
A “tagging system” links Hub users and associated projects with prospective collaboration areas of interest. Each Hub user can provide information about their organization, water collaborations and projects, and/or the water challenges they would like to address with other collaborators.