Developing a New Generation of Integrated World Water Scenarios

Wiberg, D. (2012). Developing a New Generation of Integrated World Water Scenarios. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

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Project: Water futures and solutions initiative (WFaS)


Global leaders at RIO+20 acknowledged the core role of water to achieving sustainable development, stressing the critical need to take decisive action today in order to sustainably meet global development objectives. The ramifications of the types of actions and decisions taken by water managers and other decision makers will impact sustainable development, given the inter linkages of water with poverty and hunger eradication, public health, food security, hydropower, agriculture and rural development. Indeed, in a world of increasing complexity, competing water demands and accelerating change, decision makers face increasing challenges in ensuring that their choices promote sustainable development. In an effort to address these challenges, a new initiative entitled Global Water Futures and Solutions: World Water Scenarios is being undertaken. Ultimately, the objective of the five-year project is to provide a set of robust strategies, policies, technologies and solutions to better inform decision making. It will do so through the development and analysis of a new generation of stakeholder informed global scenarios to gain a better understanding of the impact of different water-related decisions and choices on sustainable development and human well-being. The second generation of global water scenarios developed by the project will be based on stakeholder input and informed by regional, watershed and national scale scenario processes, exploring alternative futures and evaluating robust solutions. The project uniquely leverages expert knowledge from the global scientific community, water resources decision makers, practitioners and sector actors representing business, industry and technology. This expert knowledge will be garnered in several rounds of feedback with both qualitative scenario developers and quantitative modelers. Drivers and qualitative storylines will be analyzed quantitatively and consistently with a variety of sector models and multi-model ensembles to gain a better understanding of the meanings and impacts of the scenarios and this information will in turn inform the stakeholder groups to further enrich the scenarios. The project incorporates learning from and aims for consistency with other ongoing scenario processes, such as those of the IPCC AR5 and GEO5.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference
Research Programs: Water (WAT)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 13:01
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:26

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