Biodiversity, water and natural resource management


Water Security for Better Lives

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.

Published on September 02, 2013

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SUMMARIESavailable in 5 languages

English Water Security for Better Lives (Summary in English)
Spanish Water Security for Better Lives (Summary in Spanish)
German Water Security for Better Lives (Summary in German)
Japanese Water Security for Better Lives (Summary in Japanese)
Italian Water Security for Better Lives (Summary in Italian)


Preface and Acknowledgements
Executive summary
Why does water security matter?
Applying a risk-based approach to water security
Achieving water security targets through market-based instruments
Policy coherence toward water security
Annexes3 chapters available
Glossary of terms
Basic water facts
Costs and distributional impacts of inaction
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