Apr 6

Charco Bendito & Waterplan

Waterplan allowed Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) companies to consolidate the monitoring of water replenishment activities transforming raw data into manageable & visual insights

The challenge

Nature-based solutions (NBS) provide an effective means for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Current methodologies for estimating the Volumetric Water Benefits (VWBs) of projects are manual, time-consuming, depend on annual estimations from historical information and do not reflect the dynamically changing reality.   Due to this, it is currently difficult for organizations to use a scalable & data-driven approach to measure the positive impact of water conservation efforts.


Overview

BIER companies collaborating on Charco Bendito are keenly aware of the water crisis and are working meticulously and proactively to propagate a water-secure future in the watersheds it operates in. Aligned to that objective, the Charco Bendito project aims to restore a total area of around 355 ha from 2020 to 2028, in a section of the watershed called Arroyo Grande de San Lucas La Tamina, located in the Tlajomulco de Zúñiga-Cajititlán sub-basin, within the Santiago River Basin. 



"Charco Bendito is a unique and special local water collaboration of 9 companies of the food & Bev companies. The initiative has increased water availability and access in Guadalajara, to create a future with more cheers. Waterplan has offered the ability to automate our water replenishment measurement and transform our impact in an informative and visual way."

María Atuesta, Regional Sustainability Manager (Middle Americas Zone) at Anheuser-Busch InBev


Industry

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of nine leading global food and beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector.


Commitment to Sustainability

Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative that BIER is founded on and its members work collectively to share innovative approaches, tools, and methodologies for assessing both the technical and business aspects of water within their operations.


Solution

By working together with Charco Bendito's funding members and implementing partners, Waterplan analyzed, consolidated and integrated the project's data, including the local in-field measurements.  


Methodologies used for the original estimations of the benefits were compared and iterated with Waterplan custom methodology, allowing to get continuous up-to-date progress of the projects considering the dynamic changes of the environment where activities take place.


Charco Bendito stakeholders have access to live transparent results through Waterplan's platform, where companies can also leverage the automation and integration of their accounting information


Transparency is possible as Waterplan methodology is openly shared with all the members involved in the project.  


On top of that, the methodology is well-documented, compliant with existing scientific practices in the field of hydrology and remote sensing, and reviewed by experts from different world-recognized water institutions.



BIER stakeholders will continue to leverage on Waterplan to consolidate and automate the Charco Bendito projects to ensure that the expected benefits of the activities remain in place in the long term, and to proactively detect conditions that might compromise those benefits to take action upon them.