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Managing water use in scarce environments, Global

Analysing water scarcity for the 2030 Water Resources Group.

The emerging gap between the amount of safe freshwater and demand for water in many developing and fast-growing economies is creating environmental, economic, social and political challenges. The 2030 Water Resources Group appointed Arup to expand on a pilot study and prepare a catalogue analysing different interventions from around the world.

The catalogue is a tool for decision-makers and forms a focal point for action on water scarcity. It is designed to stimulate and support meaningful interventions to address water risk and manage scarce water resources more effectively for the benefit of all.

We researched and analysed over 40 case studies across the agricultural, municipal and industrial sectors, covering over 60 types of intervention. Developing an innovative assessment framework enabled us to define impact on basin level water resources, each intervention is also quantified and estimated cost per cubic metre of impact is provided. This makes it easy to compare the impact and cost effectiveness of different interventions.

Arup developed a framework to demonstrate the varying impact of interventions at different points in the river basin water cycle. Arup developed a framework to demonstrate the varying impact of interventions at different points in the river basin water cycle.
Arup developed a framework to demonstrate the varying impact of interventions at different points in the river basin water cycle.

Designed to inspire action, the catalogue uses clear, simple illustrations to communicate the results. It provides an open platform for sharing information between governments, policy makers, the private sector and other stakeholders.

An accompanying online tool enables users to explore water scarcity solutions from around the world, the approaches used to achieve them and the impact they have made so far. In time, it has the potential to become a focal point for decision-makers and a wider audience – a dynamic space for dialogue, inspiration and learning.

To create the catalogue we worked closely with key actors in the private sector, government ministries and local authorities, gathering feedback from the pilot stage, identifying relevant projects and developing case studies.

We mobilised a team of expert consultants from the UK and South Africa as well as an extensive network of our staff and external partners in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America.