WWDR4 Stakeholder Briefing Notes

Although some progress has been made in certain countries and regions towards achieving water‐related development goals, very little has changed overall in terms of the recognition of water’s central role in all aspects of economic development and social welfare. Furthermore, the world is changing faster than ever in often unforeseeable ways, creating additional uncertainty and increasing risks. As such, the relationship between the quantities of available water and shifting future demands can no longer be approximated solely on the basis of historical experience. These new uncertainties and associated risks create additional challenges to allocating and managing water resources. In this context, concerted action is needed more than ever to ensure that
water’s many benefits are maximized and shared equitably. Business as usual is no longer an option.

This flagship Report analyses the interactions between water and the pressures from decisions that drive demand for water and impact upon its availability. It offers tools and potential response options for leaders in government, the private sector and civil society whose decisions depend upon – and ultimately affect – water, and which can help them address current and future challenges in the face of growing risks and uncertainties. It suggests ways in which institutions can be reformed,
capacities improved, and institutional behaviour modified. In addition, it explores possible sources of financing for the investment in water which is urgently needed.

WWAP has created seven targeted  Stakeholder Briefing Notes to impart the targeted messages from the 4th edition of the WWDR to its target audiences.
It is important that each target audience, both in and outside the water-box, appreciates that they too are responsible for making the right water-decisions,  and that the Report’s messages are relevant to them.

Find the WWDR4 Stakeholder Briefing Notes, prepared by James Winpenny,  listed here:

WWDR3 Messages Series

Water is vital to all aspects of human life. Using water wisely and managing our water resources is an essential component of growth, socioeconomic development and reducing poverty. Yet around the world we see water scarcity problems rising. And if we don’t take action, they risk becoming even more severe.

The 3rd edition of the UN World Water Development Report, "Water in a Changing World", provides decision makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water – offering best practices to help stimulate ideas and actions for better stewardship of this most essential resource. However, government, business, civil society and a host of other actors all make decisions which have implications on water use. Because of this, an understanding of water issues and of the support needed for investments, institutions, incentives, information and capacity inside what has traditionally been considered the ‘water sector’ requires partnerships between those responsible for the economy-wide benefits of water and those responsible for managing water. In an effort to ensure this diverse group of actors understand how their decisions affect water use, WWAP has created a series of Messages based on the findings of the WWDR3.

In addition to the general overview of key messages of the WWDR3, WWAP has produced 10 four-page messages to decision makers.

Coordinator of WWDR-3 Message Series: George de Gooijer

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