The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015

Volume I - Water for a Sustainable World; Volume II - Facing the Challenges, Case Studies and Indicators

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The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), titled Water for a Sustainable World, was launched at the official celebration of the World Water Day, on March 20. The WWDR 2015 demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. Taking account of economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability, the report’s forward-looking narrative describes how major challenges and change factors in the modern world will affect – and can be affected by – water resources, services and related benefits. 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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Sustainable water resources management in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries

While the GCC countries have invested heavily in infrastructure (i.e. desalination plants, treatment facilities, dams and well fields) to increase the provision of water supply, inadequate attention has been given to how efficiently the water is being supplied, used, recycled and reused. To be able to move towards sustainable water use, there is an urgent need to reconsider the existing traditional supply-side management approach in all sectors and to raise awareness in society so as to reduce irrational water use. Furthermore, under the currently prevailing general subsidy system, it is becoming crucial for GCC countries to focus on improving water efficiency to achieve maximum productivity per cubic metre consumed. Some promising actions are being taken on the ground, but the enhancement of water efficiency is yet to become a major priority in the water management policies and agenda of the countries in the region.

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