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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2014

Volume I - Water and Energy; Volume II - Facing the Challenges, Includes Data and Indicators Annex

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Water and energy are closely interconnected and highly interdependent. Choices made and actions taken in one domain can greatly affect the other, positively or negatively. Trade-offs need to be managed to limit negative impacts and foster opportunities for synergy. Water and energy have crucial impacts on poverty alleviation both directly, as a number of the Millennium Development Goals depend on major improvements in access to water, sanitation, power and energy sources, and indirectly, as water and energy can be binding constraints on economic growth – the ultimate hope for widespread poverty reduction. The Report provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy-makers, and further actions that can be taken by stakeholders and the international community.

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Creating an enabling environment for change

Problems arise when water and energy policies are formulated in isolation. There are, fortunately, examples of policies and actions that benefit both domains (win–win projects, optimum trade-offs). Sometimes these synergies arise unintentionally, by policy-makers acting with an eye towards their own domains. But accidental synergy cannot be relied upon to produce enough of the positive common actions necessary to address growing problems evident in both domains.

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