WWDR4 Surveys and Online Consultations

Short survey on lessons learnt from the WWDR3 process

January-March 2009

Between January and March 2009, WWAP collected the comments of the production team and key contributors to the 3rd edition of the WWDR, “Water in a Changing World”.

WWAP asked them to respond to a very short questionnaire of four questions on the process that lead to WWDR3. 

The objective was to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the various parts of the WWDR3 process and draw “lessons learnt from WWDR3 and Suggestions for WWDR4” to help formulating the WWDR4 process.


1st UN-Water and Stakeholders Electronic Surveys

9-21 June 2009

In June 2009, WWAP carried out two parallel surveys, one designed for UN-Water members and partners and the other, very similar, for decision makers and other stakeholders.

The surveys contained a series of questions addressing the structure and substance of the WWDR4, and looked for insights from survey respondents regarding the purpose and relevancy of the report, both nationally and internationally. WWAP carried out these surveys as a means of ensuring that the WWDRs address and provide options for actions on the problems and issues that water decision-makers and stakeholders believe important.  The surveys also assisted WWAP, working in cooperation with UN-Water, in identifying geographic variations and sectoral issues and their policy implications.

The survey for decision makers and stakeholders was sent in English, French and Spanish to a number of contacts. 187 responded to the survey for decision makers and stakeholders, and 34 individuals responded to the UN-Water survey.

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Real-Time Delphi Consultation with UN-Water Members and Partners

July 2009

The Real-Time Delphi consultation is a virtual exercise simulating a facilitated workshop setting. The July 2009 consultation had an agenda whose items corresponded to the basic parameters of the World Water Development Report 4. The participants to this consultation were the members and the partners of UN-Water. The consultation lasted nearly three weeks and aimed to provide WWAP with answers and input from participants that served as a basis for the August 14 workshop in Stockholm and the decision session on August 15.


Public Consultation on the WWDR4 Draft Annotated Table of Contents

January-February 2010

Similar to the approach for production of the WWDR3, WWAP intended to involve decision-makers and stakeholders inside and outside the “water box” in the production process of the WWDR4 to ensure that the Report is relevant to the targeted audiences and provides solutions for actions on water-related issues.

WWAP invited its Technical Advisory Committee and UN-Water to comment on the draft Annotated Table of Contents for the WWDR4, as well as stakeholders  thanks to an online form posted on WWAP website. 

Once these comments were compiled, the WWAP Secretariat and report authors reviewed them for consideration in the finalization of the Table of Contents and the drafting of the report.


Expert surveys on water drivers

April 2010

In the framework of the first phase of its Water Scenarios project, WWAP has commissioned specific reports on the ten drivers of change affecting water resources and their uses, examining possible future developments in each of the domains, while also looking for interlinkages with some of the other selected drivers:

  1. Water resources and ecosystem
  2. Climate change
  3. Governance (Institutions)
  4. Technology
  5. Economy and Security
  6. Agriculture
  7. Infrastructure
  8. Demography
  9. Ethics, society and culture
  10. Politics

Real Time Delphi (RTD) consultations and expert surveys have then been carried on selcted drivers. 

Interim results were presented at a workshop on risk and uncertainty in Stockholm Water Week. The final results on drivers will feed into Module 1 of the WWDR4.


Public consultation on Draft1 of Modules 1 and 2

November-December 2010

The general public was consulted to provide comments online on the first drat of the WWDR4 Modules 1 and 2 (see WWDR4 Structure) through a blogging system (WordPress ) and the CommentPress open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine.

The public consultation was open from 30 November to 30 December 2010, at www.unesco-wwap.org/wwdr4blog. Ninety-two comments from eighteen users were received.

Though new comments are not accepted anymore, submitted comments can be viewed at: www.unesco-wwap.org/wwdr4blog.



Policy survey for decision makers

January 2011

In its efforts to move beyond the ‘water box’ and to ensure that the WWDR series is user-friendly, relevant and practical to those around the globe involved in making decisions about water management, WWAP developed an online survey to elicit the opinions of key leaders in water resources issues about topics that would be addressed in the WWDR4.

The recipients of the survey were identified as those who, thanks to their experience, could offer a perspective that would be invaluable to the process of developing the policy relevance of the WWDR4. Between June and December 2010, WWAP invited its partners and other contacts to provide the name, position and email address of individuals whom WWAP could include in its consultations throughout the production process of the WWDR4. WWAP also created a form (available in English, French and Spanish; posted on the WWAP website and distributed during key events) inviting relevant individuals to register.

Through this registration process, WWAP increased its contact base of individuals interested in contributing to policy consultations by 572 (484 through the English form, 66 through the Spanish and 22 through the French).

The link to the survey was emailed in English, French and Spanish to more than 1,100 contacts on 10 January and responses were collected until 23 January. A total of 170 English, 15 French and 48 Spanish survey responses were received.


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