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Conservation Finance & Impact Invest for U.S. Water: A Report from the 2016 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

November 9, 2016

This report summarizes the Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum discussions of May 2016, offering various approaches to financing water infrastructure.KEY FINDINGS:Business as usual is not sustainable—we as a society are now paying for the "can-kicking" that has occurred while we debated responsibility for U.S. water resources.The water issues we face as a nation continue to grow as the water community dithers and invests in one-off projects, rather than focusing on scaled solutions like regionalization and integration.Money is not the issue; there is plenty of private capital available to meet the current water funding gap, but there are significant barriers to impactful and innovative financing.Government regulation and public education can go hand in hand to gain public support for improved water management while supporting social equity.Leadership is one of the prime movers for innovative finance projects in the water space.

A Silent Tsunami Revisited: Extending Global Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

August 1, 2011

This report outlines the findings of a multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) that was held in May 2011 in Washington, DC, convened by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University and The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program. The forum provided a platform for participants to reflect on progress to date and to explore critical policy needs to enable U.S. entities to fully maximize impact of their WASH activities over the next five to ten years.