How To Avoid War Over Water


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This is an Op-Ed by Kevin Watkins, Director of UNDP Human Development Report Office, and Anders Berntell, Executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute. It was published in the International Herald Tribune in August 2006.


Synopsis of the article

Water conflicts are invariably shaped by local factors. But the sheer scale of these conflicts makes it impossible to dismiss them as isolated events. What we are dealing with is a global crisis generated by decades of gross mismanagement of water resources. The facts behind the crisis tell their own story. By 2025, more than two billion people are expected to live in countries that find it difficult or impossible to mobilize the water resources needed to meet the needs of agriculture, industry and households. Population growth, urbanization and the rapid development of manufacturing industries are relentlessly increasing demand for finite water resources

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See also

External Resources

Human Development Report

Dialogue on Effective Water Governance


Water as a Human Right? (UNDP, IUCN 2004)

The Human Rights-Based Approach to Development - The Right to Water (Emilie Filmer-Wilson, 2005)

Water Governance for Poverty Reduction -Report on Key Issues and UNDP response to Millenium Development Goals

Poverty Reduction and Water Management - Joint Agency Paper on Poverty Environment Partnership (Joint Agency Paper, expected date of issue: 2006)

Lessons Learned From Rights-Based Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region

Health, Dignity, and Development: What Will It Take?

Linking poverty reduction and water management



 How To Avoid War Over Water - OpEd in IHT.pdf

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