The Water Risk Filter by WWF
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Nexus Tools // The Water Risk Filter by WWF

The Water Risk Filter - developed by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with German development bank Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) - is a free, online tool that allows investors and companies from all industry sectors to assess and quantify water-related risks across the globe.

The Filter's risk assessment is based on a company's geographic location (basin-related risks) and impact (company-specific risk). The Filter translates the most up-to-date underlying data sets, including the newest Water Footprint Network (WFN) scarcity data, into risk metrics. The results can be displayed on the company-wide/portfolio level as well as on a facility level. They can also be used to provide all information needed for companies to complete the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) questionnaire.

The Water Risk Filter contains five main areas:


Quick View

Enables the user to conduct a high-level assessment of a facility's basin-related and company-related risks based on GPS location and industry


Full Assessment

Contains a tailored questionnaire for conducting a more thorough and detailed assessment of a facility's specific basin-related and facility-related water risk and a summary of the risk exposure for all of a company's facilities.



Enables the user to choose from various map overlays, such as water scarcity, biodiversity, and climate change, as well as country water profiles



Provides information concerning potential response to risk and includes a full set of references and support materials as well as links to relevant case studies based on publicly available examples


Knowledge Base

Provides access to supporting information about water stewardship initiatives, browse a list of key publications, and access a complete country profile database.

The Filter is designed for the non-water expert user and contains highly-detailed data sets for 231 countries and territories. Companies with limited company and watershed data can still use the tool to develop a more nuanced understanding of their water-related risks.

More information: {|WWF website}

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