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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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Responses to risks and uncertainties from out of the water box

As seen in the previous chapter, water managers use a number of mechanisms to help reduce the risks and uncertainties they face. Water policy responses can take various forms, from risk avoidance to anticipatory adaptive management. However, in a world where risk and uncertainties prevail in every domain of human life, responses to water challenges must come primarily as part of attempts to address (or in some cases, failure to address) other sectoral risks and uncertainties.

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