Global Inventory for Blue Green Good Practices and Integrated Solutions (GIBGIS)
Amsterdam International Water Week 2019 resulted in feedbacks and suggestions from participants and panelists. One of the most prominent suggestion was the lack of availability and/or accessibility to practices and solutions within Blue Green arena.
In order to bridge this gap, Amsterdam International Water Web (AIWW) developed the project “Global Inventory for Blue Green Good Practices and Integrated Solutions”. As the name suggests, the project is a global collection of blue green practices and solutions for water challenges faced by cities, industries and water utilities.
Goal of the Project:
Create a digitally accessible space for knowledge exchange, thereby creating accessibility to solutions and practices and foster collaboration between projects, ideas and innovations that address global water challenges.
What do we mean by Blue Green Good Practice and Integrated Solution?
There are increasing urban stresses like disaster risks, water and air pollution, waste disposal, urban heat islands, climate change, inefficient use and scarcity of resources. Nature-integrated solutions like rain water harvesting, swales, green infrastructure, etc are common sustainable and water sensitive solutions.
What is a Blue Green Integrated solution?
Utilising the water cycle and ecosystem services in a sustainable, adaptive, flexible manner and with nature integrated practices to reduce urban stress and water related challenges are Blue Green integrated solutions.
What is a Blue Green Good Practice?
A good practice is an initiative for example a method, a tool, process, project, or technique that has been implemented in aiming to resolve water related challenges.
Innovative and localised solution to waste management problem like CleanSweepNY program; connecting local governments on a resource efficient life cycle approach, Nature based solutions like Blue Green Wave infrastructure of Paris (France), Ecoduct Nederland (wildlife crossing passage), and various others.
The project GIBGIS is a collection of Blue Green good practices and integrated solutions categorised sub-theme (more more information on sub-themes 2021, click here) and region-wise. The main idea is to bring implemented stories in one common platform for ease of accessibility and availability and support in accelerating SDG 6 target achievement.
Important components of the project are:
- In order to understand SDG target achievement, each case or story will mention statistics depicting the project impact. The statistics include population impacted, land area impacted, global hectare (ecological footprint unit), and other relevant measurements.
- Interview-based format for ease of reading and understanding.
- The project consists of cases and projects, their visual supplements and content submitted by ‘Contributors’.
- Content includes descriptive understanding of the project implementation process, implementing team details, challenges faced, failure stories and lessons learnt.
- Visual content including pictures of project process, teams and success story also owned and shared by the ‘Contributors’.
- Contribute towards accelerating SDG 6 target achievement through availability of solutions and practices in one digital platform
- Foster knowledge exchange and collaborations between projects, organisations and individuals.
- Sharing practical implementation practices, challenges, failures and lessons learnt
Eligibility Criterion for Contributors:
- The project should fall within one of the four sub-themes and cross-cutting topics (for more information, click here)
- The project should impact one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals- 2, 6, 9, 11, 13 (for more details, click here)
- The project should have been implemented for atleast 1 year.
- The project idea(s) should be scalable, adaptive, relevant and flexible to other global regions.
- The project should be relevant for AIWW Target groups- Cities, Industries and Utilities.
- The project should fulfill specific and concrete gaps in knowledge, capacity or data.
- The project should address a global or regional issue or challenge.
- The contributor should be able to nominate one contact person as the project representative who will lead communication with AIWW team.
- The Contributor should be open to the idea of Amsterdam Agreements in near future (for more information on Amsterdam Agreements, visit this link)
- The Contributor will be the owner of the content shared with AIWW and upon mutual agreement, should be able to give permission to AIWW for sharing and dissemination.
What happens after you submit the interest for contributions?
Step 1: After receiving the interest via google form we establish communication directly with the contact person
Step 2: We present our project and learn about their projects via online meeting(s).
Step 3: Information about the project process, challenges, failures, lessons learnt and team involved is collected through an interview. Please note here that the content is ownership of the project owner/leader/manager. AIWW is simply facilitating in showcasing their work within our sub-themes and cross-cutting topics and foster collaborations.
Step 4: The collected information also contains information on impact statistics- population, land area, biodiversity, footprints or any other measurement parameters (whichever is relevant).
Step 5: We then assess the impact statistics against the SDG Goals and Targets (focussed SDG Goals are 2, 6, 9, 11, and 13).
Step 6: The information is sent to the contributor for amendments and approval.
Step 7: Publishing the project details on our website, social media channels and newsletter with the contact information of the Contributor
Step 8: Later we also provide the contributed projects a definitive space in Amsterdam International Water Week, Summits, webinars, leaders forum or other foreseen and mutually agreed events.
We encourage the contributing organisations to share and cross-promote in their publically accessible channels.
Optional Step: In case the contributed project is showered with interest from our target groups- Industries, Cities and Utilities; we also encourage the project contributors to join AIWW in our global movement towards accelerating SDG goals- Amsterdam Agreement. This is a mutually agreeable action and requires a separate set of interests and discussions.
FAQ on the Global Inventory project
1. How can I contribute with a project?
Answer: Submit, Nominate or Volunteer an implemented project here . It is a form with preliminary description of the project region, project title, contact person and sub-theme addressed. AIWW Team when receives the submission, will take the communication forward with the project contact person.
2. Who can contribute?
Answer: Anyone who has implemented the project for atleast one year and the project addresses global water challenge crucial for cities, industries and utilities. For more information on criterion, please see the project details on the page above.
3. What is the duration of the project?
Answer: The project is an ongoing movement to include as many practices and solutions as possible. Later the project will also scale up and develop an interactive forum. For more details on scaling up, follow here
4. What is the role of the Contributor in Amsterdam International Water Week?
Answer: The main conference of Amsterdam International Water Week holds leaders forum and round-tables with Global innovators and leaders. Selected contributors will be offered the chance to contribute and present their stories. The oportunity will help projects to build their network, partnerships and strengthen their community.
5. How much time will be required from the Contributors?
Answer: The decision on time requirement will be mutually agreed and vary from case to case. An estimate of 1.5-2 hour will be required for the main interview and approx. 1 hour will be required for the Global Innovators Round-table during AIWW’s Global event once a year. In addition, if the contributing organisation or project needs more exposure and networking, then they can join our other activities and present their work. For more activities, click here