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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2003

Water for People, Water for Life

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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.

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Promoting cleaner industry for everyone's benefit

INDUSTRY IS AN ESSENTIAL ENGINE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. As such, it is key to economic and social progress and thus contributes positively to two of the three components that must develop in harmony if sustainable development is to be achieved. All too often, however, the need to maximize economic output, particularly in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, has excluded the careful and balanced consideration of the third component – environmental protection – from the planning process. Adequate water resources of good quality, for example, are not only important for sustaining human communities and natural ecosystems but also represent a critical raw material for industry. By this approach, short- and medium-term economic gains have been mortgaged against long-term environmental harm and may ultimately be rendered unsustainable.

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