Water Funds in Asia Pacific
2 Water Funds in Operation
2 Water Funds in Development
Water Funds emerge in China and Indonesia.
Given the popularity of payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs and the critical role that local governments play, recent analyses conducted by TNC and its partners suggest that collective action water funds offer an untapped financial and governance mechanism to implement conservation at scale. This type of investment in the conservation of water sources through collective Water Funds provides water users with a cost-effective approach to achieving water security while further securing a wide range of socioeconomic and ecological benefits.
The Longwu Water Fund, China
The Longwu Water Fund, located in the Zhejiang Province, was established on November 1, 2015 with an initial investment of $50,000 USD and enrollment of 22 farmers. The goals of the fund are both to improve water quality and local farmers’ livelihoods. While the fund is modest in scale, it is an important step towards demonstrating how transparent, science-based, collective action water funds can achieve water security for millions of people and protect the integrity of ecosystems across China (Photo © Ami Vitale).
China Urban Water Blueprint
Note: you can also download a copy of the China Urban Water Blueprint report in Chinese: Access here.