Case Studies of the WWDR1: "Water for People, Water for Life"

One of the most original aspects of the World Water Development Report (WWDR), is its use of case studies as a testing ground for new methodologies. The idea is to take a snapshot of global conditions by including a selection of on-the-ground studies representing different geographic regions, different conditions of water-related stress, different socio-economic circumstance and different human needs.

The first edition of the WWDR included seven pilot case studies.

Each case study was examined in terms of the 11 challenge areas that form the basis of the first World Water Report Report.

Using a set of basic indicators developed especially for WWAP, the studies measured how successfully these different elements have been integrated into a coherent whole. Is the system equitable? How well does it take account of competing needs and uses? Is water priced appropriately? Do all stakeholders have a voice in decision-making? Do water policies build in incentives for conserving water? Do they provide incentives for controlling pollution and recycling wastewater? How resilient is the resource management system? How well is it able to meet changing human needs and conditions?

Through questions like these, the basic issues and problems in achieving integrated approaches to water management were highlighted. The case studies provided a kind of laboratory for testing methodologies and for evaluating lessons learned from examples of real-world practices. They identified the areas of greatest stress and point out the gaps in our knowledge and understanding.

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