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The Water Action Hub features a wide variety of resources that support water stewardship and climate resilience projects and which share learning from past efforts. Here we compile the resources available in the Hub for your convenience. You can also explore the Water Stewardship Toolbox for a broader collection of the latest tools, case studies, good practices, reports, datasets, and more.

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Achieving Abundance: Understanding the Cost of a Sustainable Water Future (2020)
A policy framework for tackling the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis
Aqua Gauge
A safe operating space for humanity (Planetary Boundaries)
Asian Development Bank: Nature-Based Solutions for Building Resilience in Towns and Cities
Autocase Methodologies
Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds Landscape Assessment
Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER): True Cost of Water Toolkit
Businesses and Workplaces- COVID-19
Business Guide: COVID-19
California: Businesses and employers
California’s nonprofits and COVID-19: Letter to Policymakers
CDP Global Water Report 2018
Center for Neighborhood Technology: National Green Values Calculator
CEO Water Mandate Toolbox
Ceres: Investor Water Toolkit
Checklist: Restoring Water Quality in Buildings for Reopening.
Checklist to Get your Organization Ready
Clean Energy Regulator: The Full Carbon Accounting Model for Avoided Clearing of Native Growth
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Clean Water Act Section 404
Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation: Green Infrastructure for Watershed Management Working Group
Combating the Coronavirus Without Clean Water
Conservation International and BHP: Biodiversity Impacts and Benefits Framework
Conservation International: Landscape Assessment Framework
Considerations for public health and social measures in the workplace in the context of COVID-19
Coronavirus Global Health Emergency Library – UN-WATER
Coronavirus Relief Options
Coronavirus: Resource Tools.
Corporate Water Stewardship: Achieving a Sustainable Balance
Corporate Water Stewardship and the Case for Green Infrastructure (2018)
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) Standards
CottonUp Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton
COVID-19 and food safety: Guidance for food businesses
COVID-19 and Hygiene FAQs
COVID-19 and the right to water: The crucial role of business during and after the pandemic
COVID-19 Emergency Response UNICEF Hygiene Programing Guidance Note
COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
COVID-19 Guidance for Legionella and Building Water System Closures
COVID-19 Makes Handwashing Facilities and Promotion More Critical Than Ever
COVID-19 Resources for California Nonprofits
COVID-19: The link between transmission, sanitation and hygiene services
COVID-19 WASH Refugee Resources
COVID-19–why the gaps in available data are far more terrifying
CUBHIC Methodology
Dow and The Nature Conservancy: Ecosystem Services Identification & Inventory Tool
Drinking Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and COVID-19 Library – WASH4Work
Ecolab: Water Risk Monetizer
Economic Evaluation of Stormwater Capture and Its Multiple Benefits in California
EKLIPSE: Impact Evaluation Framework to Support Planning and Evaluation of Nature-Based Solutions Projects
Engineering With Nature® An Atlas
EPRI: United States National Opinion Survey on Stacking Environmental Credits
European Commission: The EU–Brazil sector dialogue on nature-based solutions
European Commission: Towards an EU research and innovation policy agenda for nature-based solutions & re-naturing cities
Fairtrade Cotton Standard
Family-Friendly Policies and Other Good Workplace Practices in the Context of COVID-19: Key Steps Employers Can Take
FAO: Nature-Based Solutions for agricultural water management and food security
FAO: Observations and Key Messages on Nature-Based Solutions for agricultural water management and food security
Framework for Implementation of COVID-19 Community Mitigation Measures for Lower-Resource Countries ​
Freshwater Health Index
GEMI Local Water Tool (LWT)
" Get the Facts About Coronavirus "
Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
Global Biodiversity Framework
Global Compact against COVID-19: A guide for CEOs and leaders
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Global Water Footprint Standard
Green Cities: Good Health (2019)
Green economies, a bulwark against COVID-19 for Lake Chad communities
Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard
Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange: Co-Benefits Valuation Tool
Green Supply Chain: Brand Map
Growing Water Risk Resilience: An Investor Guide on Agricultural Supply Chains (2018)
HACCP Principles & Application Guidelines
Hand-washing is critical in the fight against coronavirus, but what if you don't have safe water?
Heineken: Our response to Covid-19
How Can We Ensure Everyone Can Wash Their Hands With Soap and Water, to Protect Lives from COVID-19?
Incorporating Multiple Benefits into Water Projects: A Guide for Water Managers
India Water Tool
Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Interim Guidance on Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings
ISO/TC 207/SC 5 Life cycle assessment
IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions
Landscape Architecture Foundation: Landscape Performance Series
Levi Strauss and Co Water Recycle/Reuse Standard
Links: Resources on COVID-19 and WASH
(List) American Water Works Association: Coronavirus Resources
(List) WEF: The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19
(List) WHO COVID-19 technical guidance: Infection prevention and control / WASH
Live Blog: Country Experiences on COVID-19 and WASH
Long Beach- COVID-19 Resources
Maintaining or Restoring Water Quality in Buildings with Low or No Use.
Make Way for the Future of Sanitation
Multi-Benefit Resource Library
National Register of Health Service Psychologists: Resources
National Restaurant Association- COVID-19 Information and Resources
Natural Capital Coalition: Natural Capital Protocol
NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States
Nature and Health (2014)
Nature-Based Solutions for Water (2018)
Nature-based Solutions to address global societal challenges
Nature‐based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas
Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD)
No Water No Growth
Ocean Health Index
One Planet Approaches: Methodology Mapping and Pathways Forward
On the frontline: the state of the world's water 2020
Open Source: Water Innovation
Operational Considerations for COVID-19 Management in the Accommodation Sector
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Social Impact Investment Initiative
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Social Investment Framework
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: The Roundtable on Financing Water
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Valuation Techniques for Biodiversity
Podcast: Hygiene promotion and WASH systems strengthening
PPIC: The Benefits of Headwater Forest Management
Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report
Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19
Prioritising Hygiene for Business Resilience: Enabling Safe Return to Work for Global Supply Chain Employees in the Face of COVID-19 – WaterAid
Pulse of the Fashion Industry
Putting Nature to Work: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure for Water Security and Climate Resilience (2019)
Quantifying Replenish Benefits in Community Water Partnership Projects
Questions relating to food businesses
Recorded SWA Webinars: COVID-19 and water, sanitation and hygiene
Reductions from Reduced Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer on Agricultural Crops
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
Responsible Environment Enhanced Livelihoods (REEL) Cotton Standard 2.0
Restore the Earth Foundation: EcoMetrics
Restoring Water to Medical, Residential, and Commercial Buildings Shutdowns, Unsafe Water
Right Tool for the Right Job: Tools and Approaches for Companies and Investors to Assess Water Risks and Shared Water Challenges (2020)
SAVEh Water Efficiency Self-Assessment System
Scaling Corporate Water Stewardship to Address Water Challenges in the Colorado River Basin
Scaling Green Stormwater Infrastructure Through Multiple Benefits in Austin, Texas: Distributed Rainwater Capture on Residential Properties in the Waller Creek Watershed
SDG Compass Business Tools
Setting Site Water Targets Informed By Catchment Context: A Guide For Companies
Setting Site Water Targets Informed by Catchment Context CASE STUDY: Upper Vaal River Basin and Berg and Breede River Basins, South Africa
Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19
Sharing Good Practice in Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard Implementation (2020)
Short-changed on climate change: money, water and the people on the frontline
Soil & Water Assessment Tool
Strengthening the business case for water, sanitation and hygiene: How to measure value for your business
Sustainable Rice Platform
Sustainable Timber Sourcing – Good Practices in Construction Material Industries
The American Carbon Registry (ACR) Standard
The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard
The Business Case for WASH
The Elephant in the Boardroom: Why Unchecked Consumption is Not an Option
The essence of resilient leadership: Business recovery from COVID-19
The Essence of Resilient Leadership: Business Recovery from COVID-19
The Five Goods
The Higg Index
The Life Cycle of a Jean
The NbS Evidence Platform (2019)
thinknature: Nature-Based Solutions Handbook
Threading the Needle: Weaving SDGs in the Textile, Retail, and Apparel industry
Three Priorities for Business on the Coronavirus
Towards the Circular Economy: Accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains
ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure Screened Chemistry Program (ToxFMD)
Transforming health systems: the vital role of water, sanitation and hygiene
UN COVID-19 Portal
Understanding hygiene promotion in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (UNICEF guidance note)
UNEP: List of example initiatives of Nature-Based Solutions to raise climate ambition and accelerate action
UNESCO: Water security and the sustainable development goals
UNICEF: Handwashing with soap, critical in the fight against coronavirus, is ‘out of reach’ for billions
United Nations Environment Program: Aligning Biodiversity Measures for Business
Uniting Business to Combat COVID-19
University of Oxford: Nature-Based Solutions Initiative Bibliography
University of Oxford: Nature-Based Solutions Initiative Case Studies
University of Oxford: Nature-Based Solutions Initiative Evidence Platform
UN Water: Coronavirus global health emergency page
UN Water: Nature-Based Solutions for Water
UN-Water Resource List
Urban and Agricultural Water Use in California, 1960 -2015
Verra: Verified Carbon Standard
WASH in Health Care Facilities: Global Baseline Report 2019
WASH in the Workplace Self-Assessment Tool
WASH Pledge: Guiding principles
WASH Programme contribution to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prevention and response (UNICEF technical note)
WASH Talk - Hygiene: a crucial piece of the puzzle for the impact of WASH
WASH@Work: A Self-training Handbook
Wastewater: The Untapped Resource
Water and COVID-19: Risks and Opportunities Library – Pacific Institute
Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Business Framework for Water & COVID-19: Practical Actions to Contain the Pandemic
Water and the Pandemic: Reopening Buildings After Shutdowns: Reducing Water-Related Health Risks
Water Balance Targets
Water Evaluation Planning System (WEAP)
Water Infrastructure For Climate Adaptation – The Opportunity To Scale Up Funding And Financing (2018)
Water Risk Filter
Water Risk Filter (2018)
WBCSD: How business is responding to COVID-19
Why hygiene matters in the climate change discourse
Wisconsin Wetland Credits Bill
World Bank Brief: WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) and COVID-19
World Business Council for Sustainable Development + IUCN: Biodiversity for Business
World Resources Institute: The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change
World Water Development Report 2020 - Water and Climate Change
WRI: Green-Gray Assessment
WRI: Natural Infrastructure for Aquifer Recharge Financial Calculator
WRI: Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting
WWF and USAID’s Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme