SIWI

DESCRIPTION

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a Stockholm-based policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards water wise policy. Founded in 1991, SIWI performs research, builds institutional capacity and provides advisory services in five thematic areas: water governance, transboundary water management, climate change and water, the water-energy-food nexus, and water economics. SIWI also organises the annual World Water Week in Stockholm and hosts the Stockholm Water Prize, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and the Stockholm Industry Water Award, and hosts several flagship programmes, including the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI. SIWI employs 80 staff with a wide- range of professional experience that enables it to form knowledgeable multi-disciplinary teams that are able to address complex, cross-cutting challenges faced by clients and partners from government and business around the world. Through applied research and policy consultation, capacity-building in individuals and institutions, strategic communication to influence private and public sectors, and linking key actors across sectors, SIWI stimulates the development of innovative policies and scientifically based solutions to water-related challenges. As the organizer of the World Water Week in Stockholm, SIWI has an extensive network and a large annual forum to support policy dialogue and the dissemination of project results to the international water community. SIWI was recently appointed as one of five supporting partners to the newly formed Heads of State Panel on Water, a global undertaking aimed at mobilizing support for implementing the water-related Sustainable Development Goals.

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

SIWI will contribute across several work packages and lead the Work Package on Policy and Mainstreaming. SIWI's primary actions will be to analyse the European and global policy and institutional landscape pertaining to insurance systems for natural capital and to extract key policy relevant learnings from demonstration projects that can inform actions to support policy formation and implementation at the local, member state, EU and global level. Further, SIWI will support the development of the methodological frameworks in Work Packages 3,4,5 which will be led by senior experts in the water economics and climate adaptation divisions of the institute. SIWI is well-equipped to do this as it has extensive experience working through research, advisory support and capacity building activities through a wide-portfolio of activities across Europe, Africa and Asia specifically in the field of climate adaptation and environmental economics. SIWI, for example, leads the policy team for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, a network of 40 leading international organizations and more than 600 climate adaptation specialists that provides interdisciplinary knowledge and insight into resilient decision-making processes for water management. SIWI also works with policy dialogue and mainstreaming processes with the EU in multiple projects - including under the EU Water Initiative where it serves as the host institution of the Africa Working Group, a co-host of the annual EUWI Multi-stakeholder Forum and focus area coordinator for Water and Energy Security for China-Europe Water Platform. Finally, SIWI will also support effective communication and dissemination of results, supported by a communications team that reaches millions of persons annually through its websites, outreach and social media channels and promoting successes at the World Water Week in Stockholm that it organizes annually.