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close this bookAddressing the Water Crisis - Healthier and more Productive Lives for Poor People (DFID, 2001, 58 p.)
close this folder4. Meeting the challenge
View the document4.1 Introduction
View the document4.2 How people and communities can respond
View the document4.3 How civil society can respond
View the document4.4 How governments can respond
View the document4.5 How the private sector can respond
View the document4.6 How the international development community can respond

4.1 Introduction

4.1.1 This section of the strategy paper outlines how we all - the people themselves, civil society, governments, the private sector and the international development community - can meet the challenges presented in section 1 and achieve the targets set out in section 2. In doing so, we will be applying the lessons described in section 3. (All of these are repeated here in Box 7 for convenience.) This section is structured according to the different actors, rather than the different subjects.

Box 7: Challenges, targets and lessons

The challenges are:

· to improve the management of water resources and the environment,
· to avoid conflicts over water resources,
· to improve the allocation of water between different uses,
· to deliver sustainable water services and sanitation services to meet needs,
· to improve coordination among the international players.

The targets are:

· to have comprehensive policies and strategies for integrated water resources management in process of implementation in all countries by 2005,

· To reduce by half the proportion of people who are unable to reach, or to afford, safe drinking water by 2015,

· to reduce the proportion of people not having access to hygienic sanitation facilities by half by 2015.

The lessons are:

· to put people at the centre,
· to respond to demand,

· to recognise water as an economic good.