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On the Verge of a New Water Scarcity: A Call for Good Governance and Human Ingenuity

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dc.contributor.author Falkenmark, Malin
dc.contributor.author Berntell, Anders
dc.contributor.author Jägerskog, Anders
dc.contributor.author Lundqvist, Jan
dc.contributor.author Matz, Manfred
dc.contributor.author Tropp, Håkan
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-26T16:23:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-26T16:23:45Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5086
dc.description.abstract From p. 3: "The 2006 Human Development Report, 'Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Crisis,' (United Nations Development Programme 2006) considered water scarcity from two points of view: (1) as a crisis arising from a lack of services that provide safe water and (2) as a crisis caused by scarce water resources. It concluded that the world’s water crisis is not related to the physical availability of water, but to unbalanced power relations, poverty and related inequalities. The focus now being placed on the importance of governance makes clear the importance of issues such as unfair power structures, and weakly defined roles, rights and responsibilities. These, it is felt, exacerbate natural water scarcity. This way of thinking has been useful in that it has increased our understanding of the need to manage demand as well as to increase supply. However, while governance remains a key challenge, we also need to better understand the issue of 'water crowding' – as increasing pressure is being placed on finite, erratically available and vulnerable water resources. Recognising this is the key to proper policy formulation. Rather than addressing management/governance problems, many countries still instinctively reach for supply-side solutions such as desalination or the use of reservoirs and other large-scale infrastructure. Such an approach is often the most politically feasible option within the context of a country or region’s water problems." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SIWI Policy Brief en_US
dc.subject scarcity en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject poverty alleviation en_US
dc.subject access en_US
dc.title On the Verge of a New Water Scarcity: A Call for Good Governance and Human Ingenuity en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Summary Report en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US

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