Water Information Sharing Exchange – WISE

Global Water Partnership – GWP and World Meteorological Organization – WMO

Key words:

SDGs, water data, information sharing


The WISE Initiative assists key decision-makers and stakeholders from different sectors to identify their needs for actionable water and climate data, information, and services. In addition, WISE seeks to overcome gaps by sharing existing data and generating new data, building trust and engagement between stakeholders, and ensuring that data-sharing platforms meet the strictest security and data protection needs. Furthermore, the initiative aims to build upon and complement existing data sources and endeavors involving the public and private sectors, civil society, and academia. Finally, it aims to encourage countries and other stakeholders to learn from each other on common challenges, to establish sustained structures that engage all relevant stakeholders in improving water and climate data for more informed decision making.


Name of Focal Point

Valentin Aich

Email of Focal Point




Activity Outcomes

The outcomes include that countries will: 1. Strengthen their data sharing platforms and actively use them to translate water and climate data into helpful information for decision-makers. 2. Actively share data on water quantity and quality between stakeholders. 3. Improve their scores on the data-related questions on SDG 6.5.1.

Estimated Activity Milestones

Kick-off expected in 2022 I Pilot phase reports expected in 2024 I Quantifiable progress in the SDG 6.5.1 scores of the pilot countries in the 2024 Data Drive.

Current Partners

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Desired Key Capabilities of New Partners

Funding, Capacity development, Political networks, Stakeholder networks
Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.