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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.

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

It is important to help people to understand their dependence on water and to help businesses recognize the importance of water along the value chain. The use of indicators like the water footprint and other product labels can raise public awareness about how much water enters the production chain of specific goods. Moreover, these labels could indicate whether the water used was green or blue, the efficiency of the production process and whether the water came from a water-stressed region.

Because of complex relationships between water management and changes in land use, ecosystem services and energy use, product labeling will only be useful for raising awareness of the importance of improving water management. Perverse incentives that increase the water footprint in water-scarce regions need to be reduced.

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