RésEAU organises water-related webinar series on a regular basis as part of a knowledge sharing initiative led by Daniel Maselli, RésEAU focal point. 


​​On thin ice: Adapting water resources management to a vanishing mountain cryosphere

This webinar was held on the 10th of May 2021 as part of the RésEAU webinar series. It highlighted the second output of the Trend Observatory, an initiative led by SDC’s Global Programme Water to anticipate new themes and emerging opportunities for development cooperation in the water sector.

The objective of this webinar was to give an overview of the state of research on how climate change effects on the mountain cryosphere impact water resources, and to provide insights on why and how water resources management should adopt more risk-based and transformative approaches to deal with related uncertainties and rapid change.


​​How can digital technologies help reduce inequalities in water security

Digital technologies have great potential to reduce inequalities in water security.  What are interesting and innovative digital approaches the water sector should watch out for? How can these approaches be put into use to reduce inequalities in access to water resources and services, and with regard to vulnerability to water-related risks? This webinar will provide answers to these questions by combining practitioner experience with academic thinking.


​​International water management trends

As part of 2018 RésEAU webinar series, the third RésEAU webinar was dedicated to Water Governance and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). This webinar aims to give participants an idea of the different types of arrangements that are feasible under an IWRM approach, by combining practitioner experience with academic thinking.  

During the webinar, Christian Bréthaut from the Institute of Environmental Science of Geneva University and the Geneva Water Hub, presented an overview of current trends and key concepts in water governance. This was followed by a critical reflection by Dr. Isabelle Fauconnier from IUCN, who gave a practitioner's perspective of the challenges linked to water governance and IWRM. These two experts have been available then to answer questions during the second part of the webinar, which was dedicated to a Q&A session.


International Water Management Trends-Christian Brethaut.pdf

From Nirvana to Realitiy- Dr. Isabelle Fauconnier.pdf 


Supplementary materials

About the RésEAU webinar 

This webinar was organised by Jean-Gabriel Duss, SDC and Meleesa Naughton, Skat, and led by Sandra Bruehlmann, RésEAU focal point. Please contact Meleesa Naughton if you have any questions about the webinar series.

​​Financial and economic analysis of development projects

As part of 2018 RésEAU webinar series, the second RésEAU webinar focused on a short introduction to the financial and economic analysis of development projects: What is Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and what is the difference to Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA)? Why is economic assessment important for development projects, such as the ones SDC undertake? What are the appropriate methodology and the particularities of applying CBA or CEA in the water sector?

During this webinar, Pradeep Itty, Head of Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction at SDC, presented an overview of the methodology for CBA and CEA in the development sector. This was followed by a presentation by Dr Dominique Guenat from the Bern University of Applied Sciences, who gave practical example of the application of this analysis in the water sector in Zimbabwe. These two experts answered all questions during the second part of the webinar, which was dedicated to a Q&A session. This webinar is of relevance to all who are working on designing, implementing and evaluating development projects, with a particular focus on the water sector.

Webinar recording



Economic analysis of the Zimbabwe Handwashing Campaign Webinar of May 31st 2018 by Dr Dominique Guenat

Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses by Pradeep Itty

Supplementary materials

In order to make the most of this webinar, it is strongly recommended that participants take the time to familiarise themselves with the concepts of Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis by:

About the RésEAU webinar

This webinar was organized by Andreas Steiner, SDC and Meleesa Naughton, Skat, and led by Sandra Bruehlmann, RésEAU focal point. Please contact meleesa.naughton@skat.ch if you have any questions.

​​The cost of inaction: how to make the case for reform

As part of 2018 RésEAU webinar series, the first webinar is of relevance to all who are working on making environmental reform happen - be it on water, climate change, land use or clean air. It explored another way to push policy-makers to act, namely by quantifying and having a better understanding of the costs of inaction, or the economic benefits of policy action.

During this webinar, we heard from Dr Elisa Lanzi from the OECD who presented the methodology behind the analysis of the economic costs of environmental policies through the CIRCLE project, and how it has led policy-makers to push for reform by referring to concrete examples related to air pollution in particular. Dr Iskandar Abdullaev, director of the regional environmental centre for Central Asia CAREC and one of the authors of a recent study on Rethinking Water in Central Asia: The costs of inaction and benefits of water cooperation, presented the historical perspective and policy context in the water sector in the Central Asia region. We also heard from Dr Benjamin Pohl (Adelphi), lead author of the aforementioned study, about how the "costs of inaction" methodology was applied in this context.

Main takeaways

  • There is a need to communicate well on the details of the costs of inaction in a given sector, not only to policy-makers at the national or regional level, but also to a broader audience, to raise awareness of the issue and trigger debate which can create a 'window of opportunity' for reform;

  • There are challenges in linking analysis at the global or regional level with local-level impacts and actions; and in calculating direct and indirect costs, as well as market (related to GDP) and non-market costs;

  • Different levels of analysis on the 'costs of inaction' can be applied, from a sophisticated economic modelling approach to more pragmatic and less costly approach. However, getting stakeholders to accept the results of the analysis and consider them legitimate is key to create an enabling environment for policy reform.

Webinar recording



Rethinking Water in Central Asia The costs of inaction and benefits of water cooperation by Pohl


Cost of Inaction Study in Central Asia: context and perspectives by Abdullaev

Supplementary materials

  • Pohl, Benjamin; Annika Kramer, William Hull, Sabine Blumstein, Iskandar Abdullaev, Jusipbek Kazbekov, Tais Reznikova, Ekaterina Strikeleva, Eduard Interwies and Stefan Görlitz (2017): Rethinking Water in Central Asia: The costs of inaction and benefits of water cooperation. Read the report and policy brief 

About the RésEAU webinar

This webinar was organized by Sandra Bruehlmann, SDC, RésEAU focal point and Meleesa Naughton, Skat. Please contact meleesa.naughton@skat.ch if you have any questions.

​​Water Safety Plans - concepts and application at scale in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

(see Supplementary materials below).

The main presenter, Oliver Schmoll from WHO, gave an overview on the WSP concept and explained its practical application at the example of two projects in Tajikistan. Mathias Leicht (SCO Moldova) and Viacheslav Sorokovskyi (DESPRO, Ukraine) commented on how they see the potential of WSPs from the perspective of their projects. All participants could ask questions that were then discussed by Oliver.

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Presentation by Oliver Schmoll

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