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Water Security for Better Lives

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This publication examines the critical issues surrounding water security (water shortage, water excess, inadequate water quality, the resilience of freshwater systems), providing a rationale for a risk-based approach and the management of trade-offs between water and other (sectoral and environmental) policies.

 

The report sets out a three-step process to “know”, “target” and “manage” water risks: (1) appraising the risks, (2) judging the tolerability and acceptability of risks and weighing risk-risk trade-offs, and (3) calibrating appropriate responses.

 

The publication provides policy analysis and guidance on the use of market-based instruments and the complex links between water security and other policy objectives, such as food security, energy security, climate mitigation and biodiversity protection.

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Policy coherence toward water security

Water security should be pursued taking account of complex links with economic and sectoral policies. Setting acceptable levels of water risks among stakeholders should be the result of well-informed trade-offs between water security and other policy objectives. Meeting the coherence challenge also requires a coherent approach between water and other (sectoral, environmental) policies.

English

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