Water Policy International’s experience and connections mean that we can provide advice and expertise in the following areas:
- Working with you to develop a water strategy, or to test the resilience of an existing strategic approach against ‘what if?’ scenarios.
- Reviewing or developing policy – which often begins by asking ‘What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?’ - and then looking at what the evidence tells us. Complex problems rarely have simple solutions; but taking a silo approach to problems is usually inefficient and risky: how do the challenges inter-relate?
- The OECD has commented the ‘The global water crisis is as much a failure of governance as it is about scarcity’. Robust governance, based on an effective and appropriate regulatory regime, is crucial to managing water. As an advisor to the OECD on water governance, and a member of their International Water Governance Initiative, Ian Barker has the experience to comment on different models for different circumstances, and to review organisational models for accountability and effectiveness.
- Using integrated catchment management approaches as a basis for addressing multiple problems potentially more cost-effectively and sustainably. Land management is an important component of water management, and managing abstractions and discharges together can deliver greater benefits.
- Planning for secure, resilient water supplies delivered and used sustainably
- The development, review or reform of water regulation to manage abstractions and discharges, and the use of charging schemes for cost recovery
- Conference presentations on UK and international water challenges, and the issues facing the UK in particular.
- An authoritative and experienced presence for media interviews and commentary on current water and environmental issues, including drought, pollution and risks
Water Policy International works with a small number of leading UK and international consultancies, and is able to draw upon wider expertise and resources as necessary.