Friday, September 09, 2011

Water in a changing world

This report, prepared by the World Water Assessment Programme under UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), assesses global freshwater resources including what drives the pressures facing them, how water is used, climate change's future effects on water supplies and options for improving water management for sustainable development. It also highlights the increasing demand for water, outlining the demographic, economic and social factors and reiterate that climate change will undoubtedly affect water resources. So investment in the water sector is important, to improve access to clean water as well as decrease pollution from untreated sewage discharge. How individual countries respond will depend on their own development objectives, capacity and political framework. The authors outline options for policymakers to increase supply, manage demand, reduce losses and reallocate resources. Link to full report available here.

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