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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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Lake Titicaca Basin, Bolivia and Peru

SITUATED AT AN ALTITUDE OF 3,600 to 4,500 metres in the highest plateaux of the Andes, Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru and comprises a basin network of four distinct lakes. The surrounding environment is fragile, subject to flooding and, increasingly, pollution. A unique feature of this pilot case study is the presence of indigenous, pre-Hispanic peoples who continue to follow their ancient cultural traditions and resist assimilation into Western-style societies. These people are extremely poor, and only about 20 percent have access to water and sanitation. The major challenges for the Binational Autonomous Authority of Lake Titicaca, therefore, are to find ways to promote land tenure reform, adopt appropriate farming and irrigation techniques, and develop legislation that will provide an enabling environment in which culturally sensitive development and resource-sharing may occur.

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