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Solution for Tackling the Tragedy of the Water Commons

The Challenge

Water is one of our basic resources, but it is often in short supply not only for human use but also for ecological systems. While in some countries groundwater resources still are abundant and read ...

Water is one of our basic resources, but it is often in short supply not only for human use but also for ecological systems. While in some countries groundwater resources still are abundant and readily available for development, in others depletion due to overdrafting, water-logging, salination as well as pollution cause severe problems.

Bring stakeholders together to make decisions on water management at the river basin level.

While food security issues may be a problem of global concern, water resources are subject to local conditions and therefore the solutions for water management also need to be local. The river basin has many competing demands that have to be balanced: agriculture, households, industry, transport, fisheries, environmental and biodiversity. Management decisions should be made with the involvement of all stakeholders in those demands.

In decision-making, businesses can also be constructive stakeholders because they share interests with other users in terms of sound water management. The growing potential for collaboration between the public and private sector should be exploited.

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    Put a price on water to promote efficient use and allocation.

    Put a price on water to promote efficient use and allocation.

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    Address the problem of land grabs in Africa by strengthening the relevant countries’ governance. Promote anticorruption policies in these countries through foreign aid and assistance from NGOs.

    Address the problem of land grabs in Africa by strengthening the relevant countries’ governance. Promote anticorruption policies in these countries through foreign aid and assistance from NGOs.

    Address the problem of land grabs in Africa by strengthening the relevant countries’ governance. Promote anticorruption policies in these countries through foreign aid and assistance from NGOs.

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    Educate people, especially children, about water conservation.

    Educate people, especially children, about water conservation.

    Educate people, especially children, about water conservation.

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    Increase water storage to combat the effects of climate change.

    Increase water storage to combat the effects of climate change.

    Increase water storage to combat the effects of climate change.

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    Promote transparency and awareness of businesses and consumers by establishing useful indicators, such as “water footprinting.”

    Promote transparency and awareness of businesses and consumers by establishing useful indicators, such as “water footprinting.”

    Promote transparency and awareness of businesses and consumers by establishing useful indicators, such as “water footprinting.”

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    Implement benchmarking of the best practices of water conservation techniques. Estimate and disseminate the cost of information about water management technologies.

    Implement benchmarking of the best practices of water conservation techniques. Estimate and disseminate the cost of information about water management technologies.

    Implement benchmarking of the best practices of water conservation techniques. Estimate and disseminate the cost of information about water management technologies.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society