Stockholm International Water Institute

In Brief

1991; “a water wise world”; climate & water


(1991, Stockholm;

Seeks to develop innovative policies and science-based solutions to water-related challenges for “a water wise world” where the value of water is recognized, and steps are taken to ensure that it is shared and allocated sustainably, equitably and efficiently, to meet everyone’s basic needs. Five themes: 1) Water Governance (policy and technical advice on governance reform and implementation at local, national and river basin levels, developing and applying tailored knowledge, tools and methodologies, documenting and sharing examples of good practices, monitoring and assessment at national, regional and international levels); 2) Transboundary Water Management (developing, disseminating and promoting research and tools, facilitating platforms for sharing experiences, knowledge and perspectives on equitable, cooperative transboundary water development, promoting management frameworks for transboundary waters, building capacity in partner organizations; 3) Climate Change and Water (generating knowledge on linkages between climate change and water across sectors, and the role of water in adaptation and mitigation, raising awareness of the impact of climate change on water in all sectors and how to adapt, creating platforms to exchange experiences, knowledge and perspectives on water and climate, building capacity in organizations to account for climate change in project planning, strategies, policies and laws); 4) The Water-Energy-Food Nexus (analysis of the water, energy and food nexus at different scales, highlighting challenges and opportunities to foster sustainable economic growth, evidence-based platforms for exchange of experiences, support to policy reform and change in order to improve water efficiency in all aspects of the water, energy and food nexus); 5) Water Economics (internalize the value of water in decision making, recognize different incentives, values and trade-offs arising from different allocations of water, identify benefits of improved management through analysis of how changes in water use and services will improve human welfare, assess how costs and benefits of management options impact on particular groups in society and how to improve distribution, leverage areas where innovations in water use efficiency and productivity can enable production of goods and services with less water, pinpoint cost-effective actions, connect actors, and strengthen platforms across the fields of water and economics].

The 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm assembled 3,300 participants from 130 countries, with >200 sessions and events (see 2015 World Water Week: Overarching Conclusions; Sept 2015, 20p). The theme of the 2016 World Water Week will be “Water for Sustainable Growth.” SIWI also hosts the Stockholm Water Prize, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the Stockholm Industry Water Award. Flagship programs: UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, the UNESCO Category II Centre, and the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC). Through the Swedish Water House, SIWI connects Swedish water stakeholders from different sectors with each other and with international processes and discussions. Some 400 publications date back to 1991. An eight-member communications team assists journalists with videos, graphics, and press releases. Key collaborators: Rockefeller Foundation, UN Development Programme, and WaterAid.  Staff: 70, with capability of speaking 20 languages; Executive Director: Torgny Holmgren (

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