Water is the leverage for best climate impact, yet 'it takes millions to invest billions wisely' – that is the conviction of the Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Mr Henk Ovink. The Water as Leverage programme invests these catalytic first millions, with the aim of leveraging the necessary investment for the implementation of catalytic projects, that in turn leverage water for real urban climate resilience.
Water as Leverage aims to involve the international financial world, development banks and governments in the advancement of this innovative approach, to create an inclusive and innovative pre-project preparation facility.
Water as Leverage published its first booklet describing its story in the three cities. It portrays the people and places through the beautiful photography of Cynthia van Elk. And as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words! The booklet is online available here.
For more information see the documents:
Setting the Scene for a Call for Action: extensive research-based document that narrows down from water-related challenges on a global level towards why we chose for the three cities in the first edition of WaL – Chennai, Khulna and Semarang. This document and its sources also provided a head start to the interested teams and generated a level playing field in terms of knowledge availability.
Call for Action document
Infographic: Rethinking the approach for urban climate resilience
Water as Leverage Reflect: an in-depth analysis and reflection on the program, its inclusive, integrated and sustainable approach, the process, the design methodology, the partners, the places, the impact and follow-up
All photographs were taken on location by Cynthia van Elk.
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