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Aligning Measurement and Metrics for Basin Resilience
Globally we face a water crisis, of increasing competition to access freshwater resources of declining water quantity and quality, exacerbated by climate change. The key to a thriving water-based economy under such shocks and changes is to aim for a resilient basin. A basin is water resilient by design when the water services expected by stakeholders are available even when exposed to shocks and stresses such as climate change, extreme weather events, increased demand, etc. Creating resilience at the basin scale will require coordination, transparency, and alignment of common goals between all stakeholders-public, private, and civil society. At the heart of measuring basin water resilience lies a common understanding and coherence of water accounting measures. Yet across sectors, there are no standard approaches or a standard set of metrics that address resilience at the site up to the basin scale. Such a globally accepted Water Accounting Framework that can be used to assess basin level water system resilience and the contributions of stakeholders, individually and collectively, to resilience is critical. This event will probe into work underway to 1) align measurement and metrics across public and private sectors, and 2) incorporate scalable metrics to measure water resilience. This event will provide a forum to discuss and gather input from public, private, and civil society stakeholders as to the utility, scope, and pilot applications of this ongoing body of work.

Aug 24, 2020 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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