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Water Governance in the Arab Region. Managing Scarcity and Securing the Future

Water Governance in the Arab Region. Managing Scarcity and Securing the Future
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). November 2013
  • This report addresses the issue of water governance in the Arab Region in a context of water scarcity. Chapter 1 reviews the state of water resources in the Arab region, the threats to these resources and the impact of diminishing water sustainability. Chapter 2 addresses major water governance challenges in the Arab region. It emphasizes policy choices and relevant interests. Chapter 3 discusses three main issues: water security, the ultimate goal in efforts to achieve sustainable development; effective water governance, the way forward in achieving water security; and cost-effectiveness, an appropriate tool for guiding effective water governance. Chapter 4 explains how water's real value should guide water governance and management to the most economically, socially and environmentally efficient options. Chapter 5 provides an in-depth description of the major building blocks of effective water governance. These building blocks include reorienting water policy, enforcing legislations and regulations, financing the water sector, developing organizational capacities, monitoring and evaluating, managing data and information, coordinating regional and international cooperation, educating and raising awareness, promoting stakeholder participation and empowerment, ensuring water rights and social equity, increasing water use efficiency and improving links between research and management. Finally, Chapter 6 outlines the way forward.
  • Geographical coverage: Arab countries
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Desalination, Energy, Financing, Food security, Groundwater, Legal aspects, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty reduction, Sanitation, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Transboundary waters, Valuation, Vulnerability, Wastewater, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water policy, Water scarcity, Water security
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Governments, Ministries, Policy makers, Political leaders, Private sector
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Impact evaluation, Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Impact study
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Published in 2015