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The Challenge

Water shortages are cropping up around the world – from Australia to South Africa, from Brazil to the Sahel. Many of the world’s mightiest rivers run dry before reaching the sea. Perhaps half th ...

Water shortages are cropping up around the world – from Australia to South Africa, from Brazil to the Sahel. Many of the world’s mightiest rivers run dry before reaching the sea. Perhaps half the world’s wetlands have been damaged or destroyed in the past century as salt water has displaced fresh water. These facts are striking, in view of the fact that the world’s population withdraws less than a tenth of the water that falls to the ground and that – unlike our fossil fuels – the world’s water supplies cannot be used up.

Foster more bottom-up, collective water action, and community level governance approaches.

Government and firms are only two of the three key players in improved water management. Besides governments’ public actions and the private sector’s market-based actions, communities’ collective actions need to gain more space to handle the often complex local issues of sound water management and water governance.

Water policies and laws must provide that space. This especially applies to waterrelated ecosystems services. Local solutions for efficient and sustainable water management work well when trust in local government is strengthened in decentralized political systems.

Water management problems are mostly handled at the central state level without taking full account of the importance of these problems at the community level. A successful partnership combines the interaction between many stakeholders, including government, industry, and academia as well as civil society.

To cope with the complexity of the problem, bottom-up solutions for which examples already exist should be put in place. These need to be supported by the cooperation of users. Supporting the establishment and implementation of self-sustainable water management systems at the community level can be instrumental in enhancing ownership and accountability at that level.

    Implemen- tations

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    CARE Water and Sanitation in Zimbabwe

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    CARE Water and Sanitation in Ethiopia

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

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