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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.

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

One approach to benchmarking is to rank various water conservation practices from the best to the worst, sector by sector, and place the information in the public domain.

Relatively cheap technologies—such as soil conservation and rainwater harvesting—are effective and still largely underexplored. Exploiting these low-cost potential solutions by capacity-building and investments in infrastructure as well as in old and new technologies would help strengthenwater resilience and reduce vulnerability to droughts.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

    Polity, Business
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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.”

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society