Resources for Policy and Decision Makers

Many paths to sustainable development are linked to water, but the decisions that determine how water resources are used or abused are not made by water managers alone.

Leaders in the water sector have long been aware that water is essential to sustainable development, but they do not make the decisions on development objectives and the allocation of resources to meet them. These decisions are made by leaders in government, the private sector and civil society.

In this section we have therefore gathered resources targeting specific groups of leaders and decision makers to help you make informed decisions, for the benefit of all.

The sphere of decision making about water

Getting out of the box - Linking water to decision making for sustainable development.

Figure extracted from chapter 1 of the WWDR3, Water in a Changing World (2009)  illustrating the sphere of decisions that determine how water resources are used.

Water, the blue web that unites us

Concept paper prepared as a contribution to the participatory process for the G8 Summit held in 2009.



Messages for stakeholders

In this section we have gathered the Stakeholder Messages series from the WWDR3 and the WWDR4, which target specific groups of leaders and decision-makers to help them make informed decisions, for the benefit of all.

Briefing Note - Water and Climate Dialogue

Adapting to Climate Change: Why We Need Broader and 'Out-of-the-Box' Approaches

This briefing note is based on a stakeholder dialogue organized by the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) at the Dialogs for Water and Climate and Climate Change (D4CC) during the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10, 2010.

It showcases actions that stakeholders and countries can and are already taking to adapt to climate change and its effects on water resources, and provides policy options (a synthesis of existing accepted policy messages) for decision-makers in water-dependent sectors to implement at all levels for everybody’s benefit.

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