Guidelines for Urban Water Strategic Planning are presented. It includes: a) a review of the major urban global change pressures affecting Urban Water Cycle Systems (UWCS) and make a preliminary assessment of those pressures on the TRUST Pilots; b) an identification of best practices for a flexible and resilient operation of UWCS and their associated transitional pathways; c) a review of inspiring cases of strategic planning in urban water management to identify the best components of their strategic planning process. The three steps approach for the development of this deliverable was made in line with the TRUST definition of sustainability. In the first report (Report 12.1a) all the pressures that can affect the UWCS were framed in the three Triple Bottom Line basic dimensions: social, environmental and economic. In the second report (Report 12.1b), governance and asset management were analysed through the concepts of resilience and transition of the water sector, making explicit that these are two important supporting dimensions. Some guidelines for developing sustainable UWCS are proposed. Finally, the third report (Report 12.1c) reviews the structure and content of existing strategic plans, developed by leading water utilities, and examines the processes used to design these plans. The review covers a diverse group of water utilities from water scarce areas, urban and peri-urban areas, and green areas. In the Report 12.1c we discuss the degree to which water utilities have, in practice, developed strategies that take the pressures and trends identified in Report 12.1a into consideration. The best practices and transitioning issues defined in Report 12.1b were also used to determine similarities and differences in the strategic issues that the water utilities prioritised and for appraisal of the strategic plans. Open access repository:,,
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