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Global Governance of Water and the Blue Revolution - Can we achieve better outcomes from land and water policies?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian Calder, Dr Graham Jewitt, Professor Andy Large, Professor Jaime AmezagaORCiD, Dr Robert Hope, Professor Philip James, Eleanor Simpson, Dr James GarrattORCiD, Richard Bailey


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Forest, land and water policy instruments are being developed throughout the world to improve water regimes, environments and poor people's livelihoods. Sadly, the implementation of these policies in development programmes often is having the opposite effects. Typically forest, land and water policies in developing nations aim at maximising pro-poor benefits but generally do not pay much attention to the impacts on water availability. The practical upshot is that changes in land use, which may be promoted as part of watershed development programmes or for carbon credits, may actually reduce the access to water of vulnerable groups. In arid areas, where water is already scarce, it is not unusual for good quality water to be used solely for productive uses (e.g. irrigation or forestry) even though the basic human needs requirements of vulnerable groups are not being met fully.

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Author(s): Calder IR, Batchelor C, Quibell G, Gosain A, Jewitt GPW, Bosch J, Large ARG, Amezaga JM, Hope RA, James PM, Simpson E, Garratt J, Bailey RA, Kirby C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the International Symposium: Global Governance of Water: Water and Human Security

Year of Conference: 2004