DEL079 – 11202589 WATERLOUPE: water scarcity risks to the industry and strategies to cope

Geplaatst op: 29 maart 2021

Aanleiding van het project

The production processes of Kimberly-Clark require considerable amounts
of water. Being one of the big water users among other beneficial uses
such as drinking water production, agriculture, ecology and recreation
Kimberly-Clark wants to take responsibility for sustainable water resource
management in regions showing a risk of, among others, water scarcity.
Water related risks such as water scarcity should be assessed to ensure
sufficient water of good quality for now and in the future for all
stakeholders in a river basin at risk. In 2017 Kimberly-Clark and Deltares
started a cooperation to tackle that challenge. One of the main
developments of the project is a water risk dashboard (WaterLoupe) to
visualize the water scarcity risks to all stakeholders at the local level. This
innovative approach now reached its second phase in which we want to
further improve the dashboard by sharing mitigation and adaptation
options as well as adaptive strategies and adaptive pathways. Key aim is
to support industries by improving their water stewardship in catchments
all over the world.
Innovative of WaterLoupe is the risk assessment at actor-group level,
instead of only at sector level. For example, it specifies between the
impacts of water scarcity for smallholder farmers versus large farms. The
distinction in impacts at actor level are key in establishing good water
stewardship of the industry for the catchment, and in contributing to the
SDGs. The SDG 6 in this matter is highlighted. The WaterLoupe dashboard
could be used as a monitoring tool assessing the 6.4 target “by 2030,
substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure
sustainable withdrawals and supply of fresh water to address water
scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from
water scarcity”. (source
Kimberly-Clark and Deltares intend to apply the WaterLoupe dashboard
for water risk assessments fr

Doel van het project

The aim of this project is to further develop the user-friendly dashboard
(WaterLoupe) to visualize water related risks in watersheds where the
industry is also active. Currently it already provides information to all
beneficial users on the water scarcity risks related to the water use and
level of water stress at the scale of their watershed. Both the current
situation and the situation under different socio-economic and climate
change scenarios are assessed and mostly general recommendations
related to those risks are shared.
The current dashboard is user-friendly, publicly available, based on data
from local, national and global scale and presents indicators at the basin,
sub-basin level and per sector. It will be launched on World Water Day in
march 2018. A Webinar will be organized a few weeks later where
contacts from different organisations will be invited (Kimberly-Clark, WRI,
WWF, Unilever, Femsa foundations, …). These organisations are either potential users, will help in up-scaling the use of the dashboard or help
fund future developments and related workshops. In 2018, the planned additions to the dashboard are focusing on adding a
component that supports the user (plant manager, association of farmers,
waterboards) in choosing the adequate adaptation strategy and will help
answer the following questions. Which actor-group will benefit from the
adaptation strategy? What strategy should be prioritized based on the
impacts of the different beneficials and for reaching the SDGs? When
should the strategy be implemented? How flexible and robust are the
strategies considering changing conditions? When to change the strategy
if the world (climate and socio-economic developments) evolves
differently than expected? Is the catchment getting closer in reaching the
Focussing on the benefits of proposed adaptation strategies at actor-group
level, will enhances the opportunity to conduct good stewardship.
The link between global,

Omschrijving van de activiteiten

The following activities will mostly be carried out in 2018, the new release
of the WaterLoupe dashboard will take place beginning of 2019:
• Webinar where current version of WaterLoupe is presented
followed by a discussion on proposed new developments and needs of
other organisations (april 2018);
• Organization of one workshops in Brazil with local authorities,
NGO’s and other stakeholders to discuss current water risks and possible
scenario’s (climate, change, socio-economic, regulations and policies) for
that area and the impact of those scenario’s on those risks; discuss new
concepts (adaptation strategies) to be integrated in the new release of
• Brazil and Argentina: Analysis of current water availability and
water related risks for the stakeholders for the watersheds; Identification of future scenarios in terms of climate change, socio-economic
developments (land use changes), changes in policies and regulation;
Analysis of future water availability and water scarcity-related risks for
two time horizons, including risk of changing regulation;
• Conceptual design of additions to the dashboard (component on
adaptation strategies and adaptive pathways; link to SDG’s)
• Integrate data results of the watershed water risk assessments
into the dashboard (Brazil and Argentina);
• Organization of workshop in the Netherlands to present new
release of the WaterLoupe dashboard and discuss with other
multinationals what their current strategy is on coping with water scarcity
related risks;
• Enhance data collection for risk assessment for different
beneficiaries, by using and combining land use data (maps) and
socioeconomic status data (maps).
• Communication strategy to present and share the dashboard
(webinar, websites, social media));
• Project management.
The activities linked to the cases in Brazil and Argentina are partly labelled
as experimental research (50%) and partly as industrial research (5

Verwachte resultaten

Webinar – Release of WaterLoupe dashboard – 2018
Workshop in Brazil – 2018
New release of WaterLoupe dashboard – 2019
Publications in the media ( websites, social media, during congress, joint article) – 2018


In this project the innovation lies mostly in the coupling of data from
different scales (global, national, local and mill scale), the processing of
these data and the visualization of the results in an understandable and
simple way based on scientifically sound concepts. WRI has a global tool
(Aqueduct) that presents water related risks to business at the global
scale. Deltares is also partner in the development of that tool. WaterLoupe
is clearly the next step in which water scarcity risks are put “under the
loupe”, meaning it shares detailed information at the local level so that
multinationals and other stakeholders in a basin can take timely measures
by using the same knowledge base. Developing such a tool in direct
cooperation with a multinational is new to Deltares and to Kimberly-Clark
and to our knowledge has not been done before.
Furthermore, Innovative of WaterLoupe is the risk assessment at actorgroup
level, instead of only at sector level. For example, it specifies
between the impacts of water scarcity for smallholder farmers versus
large farms. The distinction in impacts at actor level are key in
establishing good water stewardship of the industry for the catchment,
and in contributing to the SDGs.
Key for these innovative developments is also the participatory element,
whereby the global to local coupling is done in a collaborative way by
including stakeholders in the process.


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