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Countries: India, South Sudan, Thailand, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America
Regions: California, Colorado River, Godavari, India, Lake VIctoria, Mekong, Nile, Sacramento River - San Joaquin River
Organization SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the organization and its locations.
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Organization Tags:
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Drought Management
Conservation Agriculture/Agronomy
Dairy and Livestock
Groundwater
Irrigation Management and Technology
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management
Soil Erosion and Health
Safe, Affordable Water
Water-Related Vulnerability Assessments
COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus
Chemicals Management
Industrial Wastewater
Services Offered: Research & analysis
Stakeholder engagement & facilitation
Technical assistance
Org. Type: NGO / Civil Society
Org. Size: Small (10 - 99 Employees)
Resources: Multi-Benefit Resource Library, CEO Water Mandate Toolbox, Hand-washing is critical in the fight against coronavirus, but what if you don't have safe water?, Water and the Pandemic: Reopening Buildings After Shutdowns: Reducing Water-Related Health Risks, The NbS Evidence Platform (2019), Achieving Abundance: Understanding the Cost of a Sustainable Water Future (2020), Right Tool for the Right Job: Tools and Approaches for Companies and Investors to Assess Water Risks and Shared Water Challenges (2020), Sharing Good Practice in Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard Implementation (2020), Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds Landscape Assessment, Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Business Framework for Water & COVID-19: Practical Actions to Contain the Pandemic, Setting Site Water Targets Informed by Catchment Context CASE STUDY: Upper Vaal River Basin and Berg and Breede River Basins, South Africa, Incorporating Multiple Benefits into Water Projects: A Guide for Water Managers, Scaling Green Stormwater Infrastructure Through Multiple Benefits in Austin, Texas: Distributed Rainwater Capture on Residential Properties in the Waller Creek Watershed, Urban and Agricultural Water Use in California, 1960 -2015, Scaling Corporate Water Stewardship to Address Water Challenges in the Colorado River Basin, Economic Evaluation of Stormwater Capture and Its Multiple Benefits in California
Language: English
Org. Website: www.pacinst.org
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The Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. In pursuit of this vision, the Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges, such as unsustainable water management and use; climate change; environmental degradation; food, fiber, and energy production for a growing population; and basic lack of access to fresh water and sanitation. S...

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The Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. In pursuit of this vision, the Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges, such as unsustainable water management and use; climate change; environmental degradation; food, fiber, and energy production for a growing population; and basic lack of access to fresh water and sanitation. Since 1987, the Pacific Institute has cut across traditional areas of study and actively collaborated with a diverse set of stakeholders, including policymakers, scientists, corporate leaders, international organizations such as the United Nations, advocacy groups, and local communities. This interdisciplinary and nonpartisan approach helps bring diverse interests together to forge effective real-world solutions. More information about the Institute and our staff, directors, council, funders, and programs can be found at www.pacinst.org.

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Different types of partners and stakeholders need different forms of engagement. Partners differ in their level of involvement – are they a core partner, a secondary partner, or a benefactor? Partner type also affects engagement strategies, whether the partner belongs ...

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A strong partnership based on trust is important for project implementation and sustained success. Fostering local ownership and support for the partnership creates trust amongst project proponents and beneficiaries. A resilient, trust-based partnership can better address any challenges that arise ...

Partner dependency causes the outcome of a partnership to rest on a single institution, threatening the long-term sustainability of the initiative. Programmes should be designed from a systemic perspective that includes multiple strategic partners. At a practical design level, the ...

When implementing a project, consider whether to hire external contractors or engage the local community to do the work. If the project must occur quickly due to changing conditions, a professional external contractor may be best able to implement the ...

Clearly define roles for each member of the partnership to ensure stakeholders and partners do not get confused regarding the partnership process. Roles are best defined through both verbal confirmation during stakeholder workshops and the written partnership memorandum of understanding.

Consider a balance of different funding sources when initiating and maintaining projects. Admittedly, without confirmed funding, it may be difficult to convince partners to come on board. However, the type and distribution of funding can impact the longer-term sustainability and ...

Water challenges, even when experienced locally, often require solutions that address a greater catchment area. If a project is implemented locally, it may be unable to address the source of the problem. When scoping a project, anticipate both the hydrological ...

Partnerships can be seen as short-term catalysts for the establishment of long-term water stewardship institutions. Often, partnerships begin when stakeholders affected by water issues in a catchment or site decide to work together to address risks, threats, and opportunities. Upon ...

Task force teams are bound by a common goal (e.g. water security) but each member tackles different components of the solution, such as land management, education, or infrastructure provision.

Designing the long-term viability of the partnership beyond initial funding requires specific investment in partnership development. This long-term focus is as important as achieving the project objectives. When designing the start of the partnership, envision how the organisation will sustain ...

Water stewardship goes beyond technical interventions. Stewardship partners must consider the capacity building of other skills including social, or “soft,” skills, especially in the context of complex water challenges. Soft skills include communication, partnership brokering, negotiation, and facilitation. These soft ...

Social and economic issues are often connected to environmental challenges. To engage the right partners, funding sources, and project strategy, understand the potential broad impacts of your project before designing any partnership. Win support from key stakeholders by framing water ...

Communication is an essential part of any project. Good communication with stakeholders and beneficiaries raises awareness as to why a project is necessary and beneficial. Clear communication can also generate local ownership for the future of the project and the ...

Financial instability poses a major challenge for many medium-term and long-term water stewardship partnerships. This instability should be mediated by seeking funding outside grant-making or donations – such as through partner contributions or revenue generating activities – and utilizing volunteers ...

High-level engagement with policy makers and government officials is necessary to ensure the partnership activities are aligned with public mandates, particularly the public sector mandate for water security.

In-depth and considered consultation with key stakeholders will lead to a better partnership and meaningful solutions to local water challenges. Focused consultations with stakeholders and prospective partners can help identify the main local water challenges that impact them and validate ...

To create local ownership of projects or partnerships, understand the needs of related stakeholders and beneficiaries. Beneficiaries might include local businesses, communities living near the project, local or national government, and indirectly all stakeholders whose livelihoods depend on the outcome ...

Focus on the longer-term outcomes needed, like behaviour change or new livelihoods, not just outputs like infrastructure or training. Even well-designed projects may encounter previously unseen challenges or opportunities and will require a flexible approach. A project or partnership that ...

Conceptualizing the project approach is very important at the start of the project scoping phase. This is particularly true when considering what implementation approach will best deliver the outcomes of the proposed project. Implementation choices largely depend on the approach ...

Partnerships and projects grow or change over time, often becoming more complex than the original partners anticipated. Therefore partners should maintain flexibility for the project to change or expand during the execution of the partnership. Governance agreements should allow for ...

The long-term vision of a partnership may get forgotten in the day-to-day delivery of individual projects. To deliver lasting impact on the ground, focus on the partnership’s overarching goals and ensure that each activity (whether it is a baseline study ...

A pilot, or short demonstration of the project approach before it is implemented in full, can help to build confidence in the competence and capacity of the partnership. A pilot can also serve as an example on the ground to ...

Many stakeholders will need education on water resources management and stewardship, especially those not exposed to such concepts before. This training and awareness-raising helps stakeholders engage with water sustainability to enact long-term, comprehensive solutions.

Developing partner capacity through education ensures partnerships are formed on an equal and sustainable footing. Training is a way to build partners’ capacity and understanding so that all partners can engage equally to address the water challenges that most affect ...

A dedicated person in charge of planning and executing the project is a benefit when communicating between partners, as one person (and team) stays responsible for the work at all stages.

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