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close this bookAddressing the Water Crisis - Healthier and more Productive Lives for Poor People (DFID, 2001, 58 p.)
close this folder1. The challenges
View the document1.1 Introduction
View the document1.2 The current situation in water resources
View the document1.3 The current situation in water supply and sanitation2
View the document1.4 Improving the management of water resources
View the document1.5 Avoiding conflicts over water resources
View the document1.6 Allocating water between different users
View the document1.7 Delivering water services sustainably
View the document1.8 Improving coordination among the international players

1.1 Introduction

This section of the strategy paper begins by setting out the current situation in the water and sanitation sector. The analysis indicates the nature of the potential crisis facing us arising from an increasing imbalance between the availability and demand for fresh water, a situation that is already affecting poor people most heavily. We then examine the key challenges that we all need to address if we are to be able to meet the growing demands within the limits of available resources. We must improve the management of the water resources and the environment, take urgent action to avoid conflicts over water resources, improve the allocation of water between different uses, deliver sustainable water and sanitation services to meet needs, and improve coordination among the international players.