The value of water: a framework for understanding water valuation, risk and stewardship

Better methods to account for water’s value could improve corporate decision making, strengthen economic growth and ensure healthier ecosystems, according to a new report by WWF. The report, The Value of Water: A framework for understanding water valuation, risk and stewardship, shows that most investment decisions are based on the price of water. However, because water is often heavily subsidized or even free, basing decisions on the price of water only accounts for a portion of the full value. Such narrow approaches are not maximizing shareholder value, nor generating strong social or ecological value.