The initiative aims to unlock and disseminate various kinds of information and experiences:
Biophysical database: soils, terrain, climate with specification of the soil and water conservation requirements, constraints and opportunities of each management unit. There should not be too many management units and research will be needed to boil down the many units of the SOTER database to a manageable number of recommendation domains.
Technology data base: soil and water conservation and crop management technologies, indigenous and newly developed, linked to the biophysical and societal context in which they work or do not work, geo-referenced
Societal database: land tenure, family and community structures, and economic conditions. Probably generic. Local professional staff will have to establish the situation on the ground and this section will provide a framework for them and set the questions that should be asked.
An information facility will correlate and extrapolate WCT approaches and technologies:
This will be in the form of a geo-referenced database and electronic reference maps and a questioning facility.
Case studies and methodologies for green water use improvement at multiple-scales.
A methodology for the integrated catchment approach that will yield information on the links between various biophysical factors and socio-economic factors within the catchment. It quantifies the potential gains and losses for different parts of a catchment (upstream/downstream) from strategies for increasing water use efficiency.
A regional overview that extrapolates the findings from the field scale to wider areas and identifies areas with potential for increased water productivity.