This document highlights the critical information needs common to Water Fund projects and summarizes issues and steps to address in developing a Water Fund monitoring program. It explains key concepts and challenges; suggests monitoring parameters and an array of sampling designs to consider as a starting-point; and provides suggestions for further reading, links to helpful resources, and an annotated bibliography of studies on the impacts that result from activities commonly implemented in Water Fund projects.
Whatever the reason for their interest, potential stakeholders will need to agree on a strategy for the design of the Water Fund. This document provides graphics that illustrate the typical interest of different types of stakeholders involved in Water Funds. In most cases, it is important that Water Funds gather participants from both the public and private sector to combine efforts that contribute to the integrated management of water resources.