Briefing Notes

Briefing Notes are 2-page summaries on selected topics.

Ecosystem Services and Water Security (2014)

One of the greatest barriers to achieving sustainable development is the increasing depletion of natural resources resulting in the degradation of ecosystems that are essential for human well-being and economic prosperity.

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Connecting Water and Energy (2014)
The energy and water sectors have different drivers behind decision-making: energy planners are more focused on diversifying sources of producing low-carbon energy, while water managers have to satisfy a diversity of water users including the environment. Cross-sector cooperation and coordination in policies and planning can maximise the supply of one resource while minimising overuse of the other.

Water Security and National Adaptation Plans (2013 - updated Nov. 2015)
Climate change threatens water resources and puts the world’s development goals at risk. The post-2015 sustainable development framework should prioritise a goal on water security for all.

Responding to Drought (2013)
Water is central to the world’s development challenges. Whether it is food security, poverty reduction, economic growth, energy production, human health—water is the common denominator. Climate change is the spoiler. The increase in catastrophic events such as droughts and floods will impact lives, livelihoods, land values, and investment incentives, especially in vulnerable areas inhabited by poorer populations.

Integrated Urban Water Management (2013)
Current models of urban planning and water management have already failed or likely to fail from the perspective of cost effectiveness, technical performance, social equity, and environmental sustainability. More is needed than simply improving the performance and efficiency of the component parts of the water system. A paradigm shift is required at the system-wide level. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) provides a framework for interventions over the entire water cycle and a reconsideration of the way water is used (and reused). And IWRM addresses tradeoffs among water users: agriculture, industry, household, and ecosystems.

Delivering adaptation through water (2012)
Climate change is undermining development efforts and we face unavoidable impacts. Managing water better is central to the world’s development and adaptation challenges, including food security, energy production, poverty reduction, economic growth, and human health. Water is the key to adaptation, as carbon is the key to mitigation.

No food security without water security (2012)
Leaders need to wisely, and quickly, manage the resource without which we have no food: water. The human and financial cost of bad water management is already high, and will only increase as our world gets thirstier. Read online.

Raising the Political Profile of Water (2012)
GWP's Global Strategy argues that sustainable development will not be achieved without a water secure world. A water secure world means ending fragmented responsibility for water and integrating water resources management across all sectors. Read online.

Why We Do What We Do (2012)
Embedded in our Global Strategy is a 'value chain' that shows how each goal links with the others. Ultimately, we want to change the way water is managed in order to achieve a water secure world. Read online.

Climate Change: How can we adapt? Messages to COP 18 (2012)
Our recommendations to climate change negotiators on how the negotiations need to take water into account, plus key messages for COP 18 in December 2012. Read online.

Investing in water for sustainable growth (2011)
Water and financing: investing in water management contributes right now to poverty reduction and longer term to climate resilience and sustainable development. Read online.

Climate Change: How can we adapt? (2009)
Key messages for policy makers about water and climate change. Read online.
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Changing Lives: From advocacy to action (2010)
How an awareness campaign improved people's lives in Karachi, Pakistan. Read online.

Changing Africa's Water Landscape (2010)
Selected achievements from the GWP’s Partnership for Africa’s Water Development (PAWD) programme. Read online.

Sharing Outcomes from GWP support 2009 (2010)
Highlights of GWP achievements in 2009. Read online.

Implementing IWRM in Malaysia (2010)
Progress in water resources management by GWP Malaysia. Read online.

GWP China: A decade of impact (2010)
Progress in water resources management by GWP China. Read online.

Posted: 2010-06-15

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