Planning for the Future
Focus 1: Strategic approaches to urban water management
Strategic concepts are the basis of management actions of urban water organisations. Analysis of case studies and the literature shows that new strategic concepts and approaches are required for more effective and efficient management actions, and ultimately a sustainable urban water system. The SWITCH strategic approach builds on other innovative approaches and is based on the applications of systems engineering to the urban water system and a Learning Alliance driven process of action a research and strategic planning.
- Inventory of Urban Water Management approaches
- An overview of conventional and innovative approaches for UWM in Europe and the South
- SWITCH Approach using Strategic planning for Integrated Urban Water Management
Focus 2: Strategic planning and Sustainability indicators brings an introduction to key challenges of managing water in urban areas and a step-by-step process to develop and implement a strategic planning process including how to use sustainability indicators. Case studies from six SWITCH cities illustrate the application of this process.
- Managing water in the city of the future; strategic planning and science
- Application of Sustainability Indicators within the framework of Strategic Planning for Integrated Urban Water Management; A training manual for Process Facilitators of Urban Strategic Planning processes
- SWITCH City Strategic Planning Case Studies
Accra | Alexandria | Bogotá | Cali | Hamburg | Łódż | Tel Aviv
Focus 3: Transitioning to More Sustainable Systems guides a city towards delivering water services that are more sustainable. The Transitioning Framework consolidates transition management principles with the SWITCH Learning Alliances approach to facilitate the change. Using examples from SWITCH cities, the Transitioning Manual communicates the key transition steps required.
- Policy Briefing Note on Transitioning
- Transition Framework to Guide Urban water Systems
- SWITCH Transition Manual
Focus 4: Economics of Integration covers exploration of the financial and economic implications of alternative approaches to sustainable urban water management using comparative, cost/benefit analysis based primarily on Chinese case studies. A conceptual framework is provided to assess how integrated urban water management issues might be analysed using different economic and financial tools. Analysis of economics used in SWITCH research areas and their limitations/usefulness are also assessed.
- A conceptual framework for evaluating the financial side of the relevant infrastructure in demo projects and selected cities
- The Use of Economic Science in Sustainable Urban Water Management: Case study of Beijing city
- Economics in the SWITCH project
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