WWF-Brazil has significantly contributed to building an agenda for freshwater governance and management across the country. In recent years they have been instrumental in developing a national ‘Water Governance Observatory’ – an evidence-based, participatory mechanism for continuous, independent assessment of the effectiveness of freshwater policy, management and water governance at the national level in Brazil.
To achieve this WWF engaged constructively with a broad range of stakeholders, acting mainly as a thought leader, convenor and facilitator, but also deploying critically important seed funding made available through the HSBC Water Programme.
By applying a specially designed system of objectively verifiable indicators, the Water Governance Observatory aims to enable the identification of status and trends that can be used to inform multiple audiences (including both decision makers and the wider public) and mobilise them to take action where needed. The availability of regularly updated status and trends information will provide essential context and underpinning for WWF’s own freshwater strategy, as well as for the work of multiple partners.
Read the case study (2017 PDF) describing this work.