International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Water Funds

31 May 2019
Coordinated by David Schaub-Jones, Sekgowa Motsumi, and Colin Apse of The Nature Conservancy

The session provided a highly interactive orientation on Water Funds and their application.

The training allowed GEF International Waters projects and partners to understand what a Water Fund is and how elements of the model (whether scientific, public-private governance, or sustainable finance) could be adapted to meet their source water protection and restoration needs. By the end of the day, by working in small teams, stakeholders better understood whether the Water Fund model is an appropriate fit for their source water protection and restoration ambitions (both in transnational basins, such as the Cubango-Okavango Basin, as well as smaller urban source water basins, like the Upper Tana in Kenya).

Water Funds: Overview to the training   
Delivered by Colin Apse and David Schaub-Jones of The Nature Conservancy, this presentation provided an overview of the day's training, an introduction to water funds, the scope and impact of water funds, their feasibility, how to to a science gap...
Water Funds:Determining the local scope for action   
David Schaub-Jones (TNC) further elaborates on the action plan and introduces the water funds toolbox.
Water Funds: Adapting the Model   
Colin Apse (TNC) takes participants through the key questions on adapting the model, and key opportunities and challenges in adapting the model to large river basins and trans boundary contexts.
Water Funds:Examples of Application   
Sekgowa Motsumi (TNC Okavango Basin Program Director) provided information on the ongoing examples of application in trans national and other large basins. The case study highlighted the Cubango Okavango Basin and lessons learned.