Perspectives Papers

GWP publishes Perspectives Papers to contribute to discussions on important issues related to water and development. We welcome responses to these occasional papers.


Collaborative modelling – Engaging stakeholders in solving complex problems of water management, No. 10 (2017)

Perspectives Paper 10

Analytical models play an ever-increasing role in the complex world of water resources planning and management.  This paper argues for bringing stakeholders and technical experts together in a formal procedure much earlier in the planning process.


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Linking Ecosystem Services and Water Security, No. 9 (2016)

 Perspectives Paper 9This paper argues that the 2015 UN Development Agenda, which promotes integration among all water and water-using sectors, offers a timely opportunity to view, value, and manage aquatic ecosystems as an integral part of water security planning.


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Beyond Increasing Block Tariffs, No. 8 (2016)

Perspectives Paper 8

This paper raises important questions concerning access to piped water services, especially for the poor. As such, it could have ramifications for how communities and countries reach the water supply objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 6 and the 2030 Agenda. The paper finds that increasing block tariff (IBT) regimes fail the most basic of inclusive development tests.

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Coordinating Land and Water Governance, No. 7 (2014)

Perspectives Paper 7

This paper aims to initiate a debate to coordinate land and water governance for the sake of global food security. The arguments are that the new geopolitics of land and water calls for a more strategic, governance-level response in which land and water are reconnected, and the political dimension of the modalities of their allocation and use are fully recognised.

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The Links Between Land Use and Groundwater, No. 6 (2014)

Perspectives Paper 6

This paper argues that a common understanding of groundwater–land and land–groundwater interaction is needed to facilitate cross-sector dialogue on governance needs and management approaches, targeted at sustaining water resources and enhancing land productivity.

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Urban Groundwater - Policies and Institutions for Integrated Management, No. 5 (2013)

Perspectives Paper 5

This paper presents an overview of the benefits of urban groundwater use, together with some harmful and persistent problems that groundwater can present for urban development.


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Groundwater Resources and Irrigated Agriculture, No. 4 (2012)

Perspectives Paper 4

This paper provides an overview of the current situation in patterns and drivers of intensive groundwater use, the ways in which sustainability can be improved in “groundwater-only” irrigation areas and conjunctive use in major alluvial canal commands, and considers the future outlook.

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Water in the Green Economy, No. 3 (2012)

Perspectives Paper 3

Water is not just part of the economy; it is embedded within the economy. Without it the economy could not function. Thus water will be central to the innovative thinking and effective solutions required to establish the green economy. In this paper (6MB), GWP sets out the case for an IWRM approach to water security and its potential to lead the process of ‘greening’ the world’s economies.

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Increasing Water Security - A Development Imperative, No. 2 (2012)

Perspectives Paper 2

This paper considers what we have learnt about our water challenges since 1992 and suggests key interventions to help communities and countries to achieve the goal of water security.


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 Towards Integrated Urban Water Management, No. 1 (2011)

If left unattended, the twin engines of urbanisation and resource depletion will undermine efforts to achieve and sustain water security: water availability and access will be eroded and conflicts over use will escalate.


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