Project:Green Water Management and Credits Toolkit for China
Client:Yangtze River Water Resources Protection Institute, Huazhong Agricultural University
Program:Partners for Water (PvW), Netherlands
Partners:ISRIC (project leader), Nelen & Schuurmans
Objective:Developing, testing, and organizing implementation of a GWM&C toolkit, to be extended to other areas in China.

Green Water Management & Credits is a concept developed by ISRIC. It allows quantification of water supply and demand, erosion reduction, yield increase, sedimentation amounts, and hydropower production that is needed to calculate the economic costs and benefits of environmental protection measures. In order run this concept in areas, an analytical toolkit in combination with adequate database resources and knowhow is necessary. This project aimed at future business cases for the partners involved, using the GWM&C concept and toolkit.

In June 2012, ISRIC, FutureWater, and Nelen en Schuurmans won the project, financed by Partners for Water. Green Water Management & Credits is a concept developed by ISRIC. It allows quantification of water supply and demand, erosion reduction, yield increase, sedimentation amounts, and hydropower production that is needed to calculate the economic costs and benefits of environmental protection measures. This information allows the development of a financial mechanism for e.g. river basins, based on upstream supply and downstream demand of water services for long term investments in local to regional communities. In order run this concept in areas, an analytical toolkit in combination with adequate database resources and knowhow is necessary. The project aims at future business cases for the partners involved, using the GWM&C concept and toolkit.

ISRIC, FutureWater, and Nelen en Schuurmans have cutting edge knowhow, experience and ownership of the necessary database resources and calculation tools. Based on this, we will develop a GWM&C toolkit. For successful implementation, a strong local/regional partner is essential as the GWM&C-concept uses local data on soil, hydrology, socio-economic, and financial issues. It should be integrated in regional/national legal and political realities for the staff of the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Water Resources Protection Institute and Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China. We will therefore cooperate with several institutes in China. For all involved, it is important to establish a strong partnership with ISRIC/FutureWater and its worldwide network of GWM&C-experts. Only by working together we can further the use of GWM&C in China.

The partnership is launched by an Education & Training project to level the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Water Resources Protection Institute and Huazhong Agricultural University staff in Wuhan, with the GWM&C and launch toolkit as developed by ISRIC/FutureWater. We will strongly cooperate with technical, general experts, and policy makers. Also, we will instruct people to gather the field and water management information involved in implementing the GWM&C toolkit for China.

Publications

  • 2013 - FutureWater Report 129Droogers, P., J. Brandsma, Z. Bai, G.A.P.H. van den Eertwegh, G.W.J. van Lynden. 2013. Benefit-Cost Analysis Based on SupplyDemand Modeling by WEAP for the Upper Duhe Basin, China - Feasibility Study. FutureWater Report 129X

    Benefit-Cost Analysis Based on SupplyDemand Modeling by WEAP for the Upper Duhe Basin, China – Feasibility Study

    Droogers, P., J. Brandsma, Z. Bai, G.A.P.H. van den Eertwegh, G.W.J. van Lynden

  • 2013 - FutureWater Report 126Brandsma, J., G.A.P.H. van den Eertwegh, P. Droogers, Z. Bai, S. Zhang. 2013. Green and Blue Water Resources and Management Scenarios using the SWAT model for the Upper Duhe Basin, China - Feasibility Study. FutureWater Report 126X

    Green and Blue Water Resources and Management Scenarios using the SWAT model for the Upper Duhe Basin, China – Feasibility Study

    Brandsma, J., G.A.P.H. van den Eertwegh, P. Droogers, Z. Bai, S. Zhang