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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.

Set up a a global database on water management and strengthen international forums to guide countries on sustainable water use, taking account of cross-border issues.

A strong forum for water resource management is needed. Such a forum could guide countries to more sustainable water use and to enable them to take account of the cross-border nature of water resources.

The forum would enable interaction and communication between stakeholders from different countries. Examples of successful project implementations or institutional arrangements could thus be identified and transferred to other countries. Such a forum could also be assigned to provide a global database on water issues, guiding and facilitating future decisions more easily.

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