WWDR1: "Water for People, Water for Life"

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Coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the 1st edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR1) was the result of the collaboration of twenty-three UN agencies and convention secretariats and laid the foundations for regular, system-wide monitoring and reporting by the UN, together with development of standardized methodologies and data.

The 1st edition of this report, Water for People, Water for Life, was launched on World Water Day (22 March 2003) at the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan.

The targeted audience

WWDR1 is targeted to all those involved in the formulation and implementation of water-related policies and investment strategies, as well as to professionals at all levels. Although it offers a broad global picture, it focuses particularly on the situation in developing countries, where the need for better infrastructure and governance is highest. With this report, WWAP is aiming to show where systems are failing, and to provide the information needed for efficient and effective capacity-building throughout the world.

This 1st edition of the WWDR laid the foundation for subsequent editions, concentrating essentially on evaluating what progress has been made, and not made, since the Rio Summit and on developing effective assessment methodologies.

The Report encompasses a broad range of components, focusing on human stewardship of freshwater, that complex aggregation of policies, legislation, social programmes, economic approaches and management strategies through which we seek to achieve water sustainability.

Contents of the 1st Report

Generously illustrated with more than 25 full-colour global maps, numerous figures (diagrams, pie-charts), tables (including country tables) and photos, the Report opens with a chapter describing the water crisis. It then:

  • Reviews progress and trends
  • Proposes methodologies and indicators for measuring sustainability
  • Assesses progress in the following 11 challenge areas: water and cities, securing the food supply, water and energy, meeting basic needs, protecting ecosystems, sharing water resources, valuing water, governing water wisely, ensuring the knowledge base, managing risks.
  • Presents seven pilot case studies of river basins representing various social, economic and environmental settings.

Each chapter ends with a comprehensive list of related references, as well as useful web sites. The book is completely indexed, and includes in the annexes a list of the main global assessment publications.

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