Development of water information systems

Context

Access to information on the status and evolution of water resources and of their uses is a major challenge for the implementation of water policies and adaptation to climate change: whether concerning regulatory actions, planning, risk management or public information, water administrators especially need to have reliable, updated and relevant information.

Faced with this need, organizations in the "Water sector" usually encounter problems such as:

  • How to organize the monitoring and valuation of existing data in order to generate useful information and services for decision-making and information for partners and the public?
  • What data do already exist, in what form and how to access it in a flexible and efficient way?
  • How to manage the multiplicity of data producers and delivery formats as well as the problems of comparability of data sets that are often incomplete, dispersed and of variable quality?
  • What legislative / institutional framework to organize the sharing of data between partners as well as the processing and dissemination of results?

Good governance of water resources therefore depends on improving water data access and processing capacities in collaboration with the producers, in order to generate information and services that meet the expectations of decision-makers and partners.

 

Who are the stakeholders involved?

Governance and good management of water data are most often organized at the national level (ministries in charge of water and / or water agencies) and by national and / or transboundary basin organizations. In some cases, it can also be set up at the State level (in the case of federal countries) or by regional (landers ...) and local authorities.

Generally, it concerns all the stakeholders involved in data production / processing / valuation / exploitation: from data producers (hydrometeorological services, laboratories, users of water resources, structure managers, etc.), up to the end-users (ministries, regional and local authorities, statistical services, research organizations, etc.), and through data-processing organizations and those in charge of managing information systems.

 

What is IOWater doing?

Since its creation (1991), IOWater has made its expertise available in France and internationally in actions to support the development of Water Information Systems (WIS).