World Resources Institute – Aqueduct

The revised Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas was developed by the WRI and the Aqueduct Alliance (Bloomberg, Dow, DuPont, GE, Goldman Sachs, John Deere, Shell, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Talisman Energy, United Technologies, Veolia Water and the Dutch and Swedish Governments).

The tool is a customisable global map, based on 12 indicators of physical, regulatory and reputational risk. Companies can use the tool to assess how water stress, flooding, access to water and drought can affect their operations. The map can also be tailored specifically for nine water-intense industry sectors: Agriculture; Food and Beverage; Chemicals; Electric Power; Semi Conductor; Oil and Gas; Mining; Construction Materials and Textiles.

The tool allows companies to plot the locations of their facilities, new markets and suppliers etc. and compare those locations to potential exposure to water risk including risks posed by seasonal variability.

For more on this project, click here.

Mark Harper
Author: Mark Harper
Mark was project manager of China Water Risk for 2013. Articles written under his tenure are those of China Water Risk. Mark has worked for nearly a decade managing corporate/NGO partnerships focused on environmental engagement and corporate sustainability. He was previously the programme manager for Earthwatch Institute and Flora & Fauna International. Mark has extensive experience organizing hands-on conservation and educational projects for corporates, schools and communities. He has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Oxford, Hong Kong, Boston and London. Separately, Mark actively pursues his interest in environmental conservation, by volunteering to monitor great white sharks in California to conducting research on rhino census in South Africa. Mark believes that change is only possible through the collective action of the corporate and investment communities.
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