SWITCH: Managing Water for the City of the Future

Managing Water for the City of the Future

Planning for the Future

SWITCH - Research Area Planning for the Future

Focus 1: Strategic approaches to urban water management
Strategic concepts are the basis of management actions of urban water organisations. Analysis of case studies and the literature shows that new strategic concepts and approaches are required for more effective and efficient management actions, and ultimately a sustainable urban water system. The SWITCH strategic approach builds on other innovative approaches and is based on the applications of systems engineering to the urban water system and a Learning Alliance driven process of action a research and strategic planning.

Focus 2: Strategic planning and Sustainability indicators brings an introduction to key challenges of managing water in urban areas and a step-by-step process to develop and implement a strategic planning process including how to use sustainability indicators. Case studies from six SWITCH cities illustrate the application of this process.

Focus 3: Transitioning to More Sustainable Systems guides a city towards delivering water services that are more sustainable. The Transitioning Framework consolidates transition management principles with the SWITCH Learning Alliances approach to facilitate the change. Using examples from SWITCH cities, the Transitioning Manual communicates the key transition steps required.

Focus 4: Economics of Integration covers exploration of the financial and economic implications of alternative approaches to sustainable urban water management using comparative, cost/benefit analysis based primarily on Chinese case studies. A conceptual framework is provided to assess how integrated urban water management issues might be analysed using different economic and financial tools. Analysis of economics used in SWITCH research areas and their limitations/usefulness are also assessed.

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