RésEAU organises water-related webinar series on a regular basis as part of a knowledge sharing initiative led by
Daniel Maselli, RésEAU focal point.
Capitalising on circular economy principles to tackle challenges in the water sector
This webinar was held on the 4th of October 2021 as part of the RésEAU webinar series. It highlighted the third Trend Sheet 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 present scientific expertise and practical experience on how a circular economy perspective can open up opportunities in the water sector. Circular Economy approach is not only crucial for sustainable management of water resources, but also presents real potential for medium and long-term economic, social and governance advantages. There are however significant challenges in the Global South relating to existing infrastructure that need to be taken into account.
Kees Roest WiCE Circulair Water 2050.pdf
RésEAU Circular Economy Webinar report.pdf
On thin ice: Adapting water resources management to a vanisghin cryosphere
This webinar was held on the 10th of May 2021 as part of the RésEAU webinar series. It highlighted the second Trend Sheet 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.
Webinar recordingPresentationsAdapting water resources management to a vanishing mountain cryosphere by Annika Kramer, adelphi.pdfIntegrated water management in high mountain ecosystems in Colombia by Natalia Acero Martinez, CI.pdfSummarysummary_ResEAU webinar May 2021.pdfSupplementary materialsTrend_sheet_2_EN.pdfTrend_sheet_2_FR.pdf
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.
Digital technologies for reducing inequalities_Introduction RésEAU webinar
A digital water future by Prof. Dragan Savic, KWR
How digital technologies can help reduce inequalities in water security by Annika Kramer, adelphi
Summary of webinar - Digital technologies for reducing inequalities
Digital technologies help reducing inequalities in water security
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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
Rethinking Water in Central Asia The costs of inaction and benefits of water cooperation by Pohl
A LONG-TERM OUTLOOK ON ECONOMY - ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS by Lanzi
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
The OECD Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: Consequences for Long-term Economic growth (CIRCLE) Project. Access the website and related materials
This webinar was organized by Sandra Bruehlmann, SDC, RésEAU focal point and Meleesa Naughton, Skat. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Water Safety Plans - concepts and application at scale in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Water Safety Plans are becoming an increasingly common tool to manage and minimize risks of water supply networks. Whereas many of the urban utilities and service providers around the world currently use WSPs and other tools for risk management, in the rural sector the application of WSP is still in an early phase in most countries. The development and implementation of WSPs is led by World Health Organization. This goes back to 2004, when the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality recommended that water suppliers develop and implement "Water Safety Plans" (WSPs) in order to systematically assess and manage risks. Since this time, governments and regulators, water suppliers and practitioners have increasingly embraced this approach, but they have also requested further guidance. Therefore, WHO developed and published a series of tools and documents, among them these landmark publications (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.
Presentation by Oliver Schmoll
A Water Safety Plan manual (WHO/IWA 2009)
Guidance on Water Safety Planning for Small Communities Water Supplies (WHO 2012)
A road map to support country-level implementation of Water Safety Plans (WHO/IWA 2010)
A practical guide to audit Water Safety Plans (WHO 2015)
More information on WHO’s Water Safety Planning
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