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Sarah Davidson

Manager of Water Policy

Sarah Davidson
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Sarah Davidson is the Manager for Water Policy at WWF. She leads the design and implementation of effective policy initiatives and strategic partnerships with governments, multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, and other stakeholders to advance WWF’s vision of a world where all major basins are sustainably managed to support biodiversity and human livelihoods. Areas of focus include water governance, shared water management across borders, and integration of water, sanitation and hygiene with freshwater conservation to improve human and river basin health. Sarah previously spent 8 years with The Nature Conservancy, serving most recently as the International Water Policy Advisor. Prior to TNC, Sarah worked on international development issues including water resources management, gender, and environmental health.

“I see policy as the way to take the best ideas, management approaches, and conservation science from WWF’s work on the ground protecting rivers and help scale it up to be applied across an entire country or even around the world. Good policy is the only way to make sure that science and those most effective approaches improve the way we manage our freshwater resources permanently. ”

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Manager of Water Policy


  • Master of Science in Environment and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic and international water policy
  • Engaging multilateral and bilateral aid agencies
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global water governance
  • Integration of freshwater conservation and Water Access Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
  • Transboundary water management
  • Gender and freshwater conservation