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IBF ESG Connect with WWF

Water Risk Management Best Practices for Banks and Investors 

22 October 2019

All industries rely on water for production, transportation, or extraction – either directly or in their supply chains – and climate change is exacerbating water-related risks. In his August 2019 remarks, Prime Minister Lee made it clear that both mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change must become a top priority for Singapore over the next few decades, and that managing water-related risks will be a critical part of this: requiring upwards of $100B of investment in the next 100 years. Yet while frameworks like the TCFD have begun to help mainstream the way that corporates and financiers think about climate change mitigation (in many cases, primarily in terms of GHG emissions reductions), there is currently less awareness of how they can integrate opportunities to catalyze adaptation efforts. By simultaneously exploring these opportunities, we can significantly reduce some of the potential financial impacts associated with growing water risks.

In this context, this session explores how Singapore’s companies and financial institutions can assess and manage their exposure to physical, regulatory, market, and reputational water risks. Participants will learn about leading water stewardship efforts to date, and how to use geospatial tools to manage this critical issue, including WWF’s newly updated Water Risk Filter. 

Event Details

     Date:  22 October 2019     



Time: 2pm - 5pm
Venue: IBF
#13-07/08 MAS Building
10 Shenton Way
Singapore 079117
(before GST)
- Complimentary (2 tickets)
- Additional @ $80/person

Non-Member: $160


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IBF ESG Connect with WWF

Water Risk Management Best Practices for Banks and Investors 

22 Oct 2019

Time Activity

Welcome Address by IBF            


A brief introduction to water risk, why it matters to corporates and their financiers, and opportunities for adaptation in Asia
Types of risk (regulatory, reputational, physical; basin vs. operational; sector-specific issues; direct vs. supply chain exposure
Impacts of climate change and economic development – Case Study: Mekong River in the Economy
Opportunities for adaptation and restoration: WWF’s Resilient Asian Deltas Initiative
Growing interest in FIs

Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF 


Tools for managing water rissk and identifying opportunities: WWF's Water Risk Filter (WRF) 5.0
Introduction to the new features of WWF’s Water Risk Filter - short demo
How the WRF can be used by corporates and financial Institutions - Case Studies : Company/facility-level risk/opportunity assessments | Country-level/sovereign credit risk assessments
Sneak preview of forthcoming report: Linking Water Risk and Financial Value         

Alexis Morgan, Global Water Stewardship Lead, WWF

​2.50pmCase Study: DEG Success stories using the WRF with customers
  • Identifying and managing water-related risks in agriculture, power generation, manufacturing
Jens Hoenerhoff, Vice President Sustainability, Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)
​3.05pmCase Study: How FI integrates water risk assessments into expectations for clients

From identifying risks and opportunities to developing bankable solutions
Water as leverage: How facility-level engagements can drive basin-wide collective action on stewardship
Evolutions in the concept of water stewardship
Financing water stewardship: Best practice case studies

  •   Growing interest from MDBs (e.g. ADB)
  •   Bankable solutions
  •   Water-focused impact funds (e.g. the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development) -Example projects, deal structures
  • Water resilience in infrastructure (esp. cities)

Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF 


Infrastructure and water risk: Ensuring resilience
AIIB’s approach to integrating water-risk analyses into investments in energy, transportation, and coastal infrastructure
Involvement in “Water as Leverage” advisory group
AIIB’s new climate bond portfolio

Courtney Lowrance,Principle Environmental Specialist, AIIB

4.15pm Q&A