In building our thesis, strategy, and envisioned portfolio architecture, Mazarine found this guide helpful. Authored by the UN Environment-DHI Centre for Water and Environment; The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN); and the UNEP DTU Partnership, the report provides a concise high-level summary of 1) the climate-induced water-related problems that industry and society. face, 2) some pragmatic responses to each identified problem, and 3) a long list of 'technologies' that might enable cities, businesses farmers, countries, or homeowners deal with our new climate reality and uncertain water future.
Simply put, this guide (download below), offers an "overview of adaptation technologies relevant to ensuring a sustainable supply of clean and sufficient water, as well as management of water- related disasters."
The guide took current climate-related water challenges as an entry point to identifying relevant water adaptation technologies. It is structured around 6 broad water challenges relating to climate change, below.
For each of these challenges, a suite of possible response options is presented. Furthermore, for each of the response options a number of specific adaptation technologies are listed for consideration and evaluation.
6 Broad Water-related Challenges Outlined in the Guide
1.Unknown climate risks – understanding, quantifying and analysing the risks and hazards, as well as the specific vulnerabilities created by climate change, in relation to water resources.
2.Too little water – response options and climate adaptation technologies for managing and adapting to water scarcity, droughts and water shortages.
3.Too much water – response options and specific climate adaptation technologies to manage and adapt to floods.
4.Water pollution – response options and specific adaptation technologies to address water quality challenges.
5.Sea level rise – response options and climate adaptation technologies for managing and adapting to coastal risks related to climate change, and sea level rise (such as increased intensity of storms, flooding, and saltwater intrusion).
6.Disaster preparedness – response options for improved disaster preparedness and the corresponding adaptation technologies.
After reviewing the guide, the question Mazarine asked, and has now answered is "How might a venture capital investor utilize this UN guide to build/ execute a fund in Climate Adaptation Tech, (or C.A.T.)?"
Download of the UN guide below, and contact Mazarine for more details on our strategy for Fund III.