Diagnostic Water Governance Tool

#water governance #integrated water resource management #online tool #coordination #database
Screenshot of the Diagnostic Water Governance Tool, which enables users to obtain a diagnosis of the water governance system as well as suggestions for suitable governance instruments.
Homepage of the Diagnostic Water Governance Tool © Ecologic Institute gGmbH

The Diagnostic Water Governance Tool is a comprehensive instrument to support integrated management in water catchment areas.
Based on the data entered, the tool provides both a diagnosis of the governance system and recommendations for instruments to improve coordination in water management.

In the past few years, a number of online tools have been developed that provide helpful information for solving water management problems. However, they do not offer any case-specific recommendations for dealing with coordination and cooperation deficits. The Diagnostic Water Governance Tool provides comprehensive support for the implementation of integrated, adaptive water management on a case-by-case basis.

Based on the data that users enter for their respective situation (e.g. a river catchment area), they not only receive a diagnosis, but also specific recommendations for instruments to improve coordination and cooperation in water management. The algorithm for recommending certain instruments is based on the empirical results of the STEER research project.

The tool is divided into three consecutive sections. Based on the information provided by the user on water governance in the respective area, deficient governance variables are identified in a “Diagnosis” step. Then, in the “Therapy” step, instruments are suggested to improve these variables. These can help to strengthen integrated and adaptive water management in a specific case. In addition, the tool enables the results to be further narrowed down based on the context of a specific water catchment area. The tool also includes a database of real-life examples where these tools have been successfully put to use.

The target audience for the tool includes practitioners in water administration and management as well as development cooperation and consulting, but also researchers.

Water resource: Drinking water, Groundwater, Rainwater, Surface water, Treated water, Wastewater
Type of product:
  • Management concepts & assessments
  • Modelling & software tools
TRL: 8
    TRL (Technology Readiness Level)
  • TRL 1 - Basic principles observed
  • TRL 2 - Technology concept formulated
  • TRL 3 - Experimental proof of concept
  • TRL 4 - Technology validated in lab
  • TRL 5 - Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 6 - Technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 7 - System prototype demonstration in operational environment
  • TRL 8 - System complete and qualified
  • TRL 9 - Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space)
Application sector: Agriculture, Cities and municipalities, Natural water environment, Water resource management
Funding measure: GRoW
Project: STEER

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  • 10717 Berlin

Universität Osnabrück, Institut für Geographie und Institut für Umweltsystemforschung, Arbeitsgruppe Ressourcenmanagement,

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