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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.

Promote investment in technology hubs, research, and education on water management.

The complexities of sound water policies require a strong skill base at national levels to manage reform and implementation. Investment in technology hubs, research, and education to unlock future innovations in the water sector is urgently needed.

Innovation will be critical in generating new options and reducing the costs of water provision. Through grants and public-private partnerships, it should be a high priority for policy-makers who must see this as a fundamental issue of national long-term sustainability.

Isolated investment decisions that neglect complementary actions needed for the successful implementation of projects are counterproductive. Many aspects influence the success of investment decisions, including infrastructure, allocation mechanisms, pricing, supply system and institutions. These are currently not fully considered.

Instead of only investing in water resource management, complementary investment in the development of entitlement and allocation systems is needed to facilitate autonomous change and low cost adjustment. Moreover, more attention should be paid to the sequencing of investments and incentives for innovation. Another important aspect is the availability of microfinance at the community level.

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    UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

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