DEL103 – 11203485-002 WaterLOUPE: water scarcity risks to the industry and strategies to cope, phase 2

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. For more information please watch the webinar on . the webinar is presenting the release of the excel dashboard which was translated to a web-based dashboard in 2018 to be released in March 2019 for two basins, one in Colombia around Cali and one in Brazil around Sao Paulo.
In 2018, the approach was implemented for a case in Sao Paulo and a coastal basin in Argentina. Contacts with other stakeholders than Kimberly-Clark were initiated in a first engagement meeting with Heineken, Shell, Wetlands international and Ecolab.
This innovative approach now reaches its final phase in which we want to add a module on adaptive strategies and to make the tool applicable for industries to assess both water related climate risks and adaptation strategies. Main aim of the tool is to support industries by improving their water stewardship in catchments all over the world and to support decision making on future investments in reducing climate risks.
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 ve

Doel van het project

The aim of this project is to further develop the user-friendly dashboard (WaterLOUPE) by adding a new module on adaptive strategies. 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. The web-based version will be launched on World Water Day in March 2019 in cooperation with Kimberly-Clark. Additionally, following the successful webinar of 2018 and the stakeholder meeting with other multinationals, we will further engage with potential partners and ambassadors through one on one meetings and by organizing a dedicated session at the AIWW in November 2019. 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 basins where they are economically active.
Figure 1: snapshot of the first page of web-based tool and the mock-up of the adaptive strategies.
In 2019, we will build the new module on adaptation strategies by using the basin around Cape Town as a case. This module is focusing on adding information that supports the user (plant manager, association of farmers, water authorities) in choosing the adequate mitigation/adaptation strategy and will help answer the following questions. Which actor-group will benefit from the adaptation strategy? What are side effects? What strategy should be prioritized based on the impacts of the different beneficials and for reaching the SDGs? When should the strategy be implemented? Focussing on the benefits of proposed adaptation strategies at

Omschrijving van de activiteiten

The following activities will mostly be carried out in 2019. A few dissemination activities will take place beginning of 2020.
• Computation of solution strategies to populate the new module on adaptation strategies.
 Organization of two workshops in Cape Town and in Lima (Peru) 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 WaterLOUPE.
• Peru, Cape Town, Israel and Bahrein: 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;
• Integrate data results of the watershed water risk assessments into the WaterLOUPE dashboard (Peru, Cape Town, Israel and Bahrein);
• Organization of a dedicated session on water risks for the private sector at the AIWW in Amsterdam. WaterLOUPE will be one of the elements presented and discussed. Aim of the session will be to discuss with other multinationals what their current strategy is on coping with water scarcity related risks and launch the WaterLOUPE ‘ambassadors network’, a network of companies supporting the WaterLOUPE approach. We will build on an earlier session organized in 2015 in which KCC was a key note speaker and present the results of the intensive collaboration between Deltares and KCC.
• Communication strategy prepared by both corporate communication departments of KCC and Deltares to present and share the WaterLOUPE dashboard (websites, video, social media, AIWW conference, one-on-one meetings);
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Verwachte resultaten

Wanneer (jaar)
Workshop in Cape Town (South Africa) and development of short movie.
Workshop in Peru
New WaterLOUPE module on adaptive strategies populated with data
Special session at AIWW
Update of website and use of social media. Four important communication moments; workshop Cape town, release on world water day, workshop Peru and session AIWW.


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.
The new module focusing on adaptation strategies will calculate what we call a “water – marginal cost curve” meaning it will couple data on the costs per year of a measure or a combination of measures with the increase or decrease of the water gap. This development needs an innovative approach as new data sources and smart computation will enable to present the relevant information to the user of WaterLOUPE.
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.


Welk product (zie boven)?
Wie gaat het gebruiken?
Wie gaat ervoor zorgen, en hoe?
WaterLOUPE web-based version
Kimberly-Clark, stakeholders in the basin in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Israel and Bahrein
Deltares and KCC through workshops and follow-up and internet media.
WaterLOUPE module on adaptation strategies
Kimberly-Clark, stakeholders in the basin of Cape Town.
Deltares and KCC.
Stakeholder workshop in Cape Town and in Lima (Peru)
Kimberly Clark, stakeholders in the basin (a.o. regional and local government, NGO’s, farmers associations, universities)
Deltares in cooperation with KCC
Publications in the media (websites, social media, during congress, joint article)
Publicly available
Deltares and KCC. Communication strategy already in place to be implemented by both corporate communication departments.
AIWW session on water risks for the private sector
Multinationals and banking sector
Deltares, KCC and AIWW organisation committee

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