water security Articles

  • Natural solutions for water security

    In view of the importance of water to sustainable development, and pressing problems with water availability and quality, the emphasis of this booklet is on how biodiversity provides us with solutions to meet water-related challenges. The booklet has been prepared for the International Day for Biological Biodiversity, which in 2013 focuses on water and biodiversity. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Reframing the Water Security Dialogue

    Water security attracts considerable attention because it is linked to the growing body of evidence predicting the emergence of a global water crisis (now or soon in the future),1and urging us all to mobilise more effectively our human, environmental and economic resources as we 'hurtle to a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Security and the Global Water Agenda. A UN-Water Analytical Brief

    This Analytical Brief aims to provide a starting point for discussion on the range of issues that collectively fall under the umbrella of water security, identifying the challenges that lay ahead, the necessity of relating water security to policy development, and offering possible options for responding to these challenges. It underlines the important role that cooperation will play in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Damming the Mekong tributaries: water security and the MRC 1995 Agreement

    Water security is a key governance challenge especially in relation to transboundary rivers. While the literature elaborates on the water security concept, there is very little on how to operationalize it in the transboundary context. Hence, this paper addresses the question: How can the governance of transboundary rivers be operationalized to deal with national water security concerns? It ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Unpacking viewpoints on water security: lessons from the South Saskatchewan River Basin

    Water is essential for human development and the environment; however, its security is challenged by factors such as competing uses, over extraction, and divergent perspectives. The focus of this paper is to better understand how different stakeholders define water security in the South Saskatchewan River Basin, a large (121,095 km2) transboundary basin that exemplifies global water security ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water security and sustainability in urban India

    The rapid growth of population combined with rising levels of consumption and pollution has increased water insecurity in urban India. The depleting water sources on the one hand, higher financial and technological costs to refine and transport water from far off sources on the other, leave limited possibilities to augment the water supply in the near future. Climate change may further adversely ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing the complex adaptability of regional water security systems based on a unified co-evolutionary model

    A unified co-evolutionary model was developed to study the adaptability conditions of regional water security systems, which is important for the coordinated development of these systems. In this work, the main factors that affect the adaptability of regional water security systems, the contribution of each sub-problem domain to the development of the problem domain, and the fitness values of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A regional competitive water resources security evaluation model based on Nash equilibrium restrictions

    Traditional water security evaluation methods usually use a unified weight to compose index values, which cannot fully reflect the weight preferences of each of the assessor objects themselves. A regional competitive water resources security evaluation model based on the restrictions of the Nash equilibrium as a binding condition of the Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • (The) Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue. Papers for the InterAction Council, 2011-2012

    With views from water experts around the globe and insightful reactions from members of the InterAction Council, this volume speaks to the urgent needs and challenges ahead for addressing the global water crisis and contributes informed perspectives to the emerging global dialogue on achieving ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Economic Value of Moving Toward a More Water Secure World

    Business has a critical role to play in applying its expertise and experience in developing, implementing and scaling-up, through partnerships, watershed focused solutions. Over the next 20 years, a broader focus on water management beyond the “fence-line” – outside the company – is needed by businesses to ensure the sustainable use of one of the world’s finite ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Better Resources Management - Resources Management

    Water is the primary medium through which climate change will impact people, ecosystems and economies. Water resources management should therefore be an early focus for adaptation to climate change. It does not hold all of the answers to adaptation; a broad range of responses will be needed. But water is both part of the problem and an important part of the solution. It is a good place to start. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Rivers and reciprocity: perceptions and policy on international watercourses

    The paper analyses geopolitical dimensions of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UNWC) using quantitative data on transboundary flows and qualitative data on basin State location within a watercourse. The UNWC has had a long and difficult history. A tendency for downstream support for, and upstream ambivalence/opposition ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Hydropolitics is what societies make of it (or why we need a constructivist approach to the geopolitics of water)

    Although the study of hydropolitics (i.e. the geopolitics of water) is mainly an offshoot of the discipline of International Relations (IR), the use of IR conceptual tools remains largely implicit in the literature. As a result, theoretical exploration has been very limited in hydropolitics and is usually cast within IR's traditional divide between realism and liberalism. This is problematic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Rising to the challenge of water security: international (water) law in need of refinement

    The sustainable management of the worlds freshwater resources is one of the most daunting challenges faced by the global community. Increasing local and transboundary tensions over the control of water not only cause disruptions in socio–economic development, but also threaten the very foundation of international security. However, this crisis is also a time of opportunity – the opportunity to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water, For All, Forever: Managing Water Locally

    In November 2011, the joint publication by Oxfam, WaterAid and the Institute of Civil Engineers entitled ‘Managing Water Locally: An important dimension of community water management,’ was launched at the ICE in London. As a follow- up to the London Launch Newcastle University have organised a workshop on local level solutions to water security - 'Water, For All, Forever: Managing ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Security, Hydrosolidarity, and international law: a river runs through it

    The challenge of securing safe and plentiful water for all is one of the most daunting challenges faced by the world today ... Our experiences tell us that environmental stress due to lack of water may lead to conflict and would be greater in poor nations.1 At a recent international meeting of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum, which was convened in the shadow of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Letter to my Minister (GWP, 2000)

    This paper is a personal contribution from Ivan Cheret in support of IWRM as a means towards coordinating the development and management of water, land, and related resources to provide water security for all. Continue reading the full ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Forum: Safe guard our drinking water

    For health reason, some physicians have suggested that a person should drink water on the average of seven glasses a day. This raises issues which include where can we can get water and is water readily available throughout the world. These questions involve sources of water and water quantity and quality.Keywords: drinking water, water safety, water security, water quality, water sources, water ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An expert outlook on water security and water for energy trends to 2030–2050

    The water-energy nexus has increasingly been recognized as one of the key factors underlying the sustainability and security of future water and energy supply. An improved understanding of this issue is required to guide political decision-making on the choice of technologies that can better lead towards water-energy efficient scenarios. One of the biggest challenges relies on the reduction of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The role of ethics in water and food security: balancing utilitarian and intangible values

    In the past two decades, the world has experienced deep changes in terms of globalization of goods and people, the emergence of new economic powers, political turmoil, and a sustained growth of an increasingly urban global population. These and other factors have deep implications for global water and food security, and make discussion of ethical values – often implicit in global debates – more ...


    By IWA Publishing

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