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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2012

Volume I - Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk; Volume II - Knowledge Base; Volume III - Facing the Challenges

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The fourth edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR4), ‘Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’ is a comprehensive review of the world's freshwater resources and seeks to demonstrate, among other messages, that water underpins all aspects of development, and that a coordinated approach to managing and allocating water is critical. The Report underlines that in order to meet multiple goals water needs to be an intrinsic element in decision-making across the whole development spectrum. It was launched at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and Michel Jarraud, UN-Water Chair.

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Water-related disasters

Countries in all regions have been successful in strengthening their capacities to address the mortality risk associated with major weather-related hazards such as floods. Despite the increasing number of people living in floodplains, mortality risk relative to population size is now trending down. In East Asia and the Pacific mortality risk is now at a third of its 1980 level (UNISDR, 2011).

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