Together with other documentation from the World Water Week, On the Water Front provides an opportunity to recapture key features from the World Water Week throughout the year. This volume contains a selection of articles that cover important scientific and policy issues. They are written by colleagues who made presentations at workshops, seminars and plenary sessions during the World Water Week, August 16 – 22, 2009. With the analytical character and with appropriate illustrations and references, the texts in this publication are intended to play a role in the thinking and work of colleagues from research, governments, international, national and local organisations.
One important feature in the texts is an ambition to combine and merge new thinking, concepts and experiences with practice, in policy and in the field. The texts aim to illuminate the need for scientific findings in policy and in practice and vice versa; the need to formulate scientific enquiries and carry out scientific studies, which are relevant for policy and human endeavors.
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- Foreword by Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister for International Cooperation
- Water as the catalyst for peace, security and prosperity by Mr. Jan Eliasson, Chair, WaterAid Sweden.
- Sustainable toilet technologies bring dignity to women and reduce disease risks by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement. 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.
- Water and sanitation as human rights by Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation
- Benefit-sharing in transboundary water management through intra-water sector issue linkage? by Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, Research Fellow, Helmholtz, Centre for Environmental Research.
- Legal, ecological, water quality and water rights considerations interbasin water transfers by Mr. Arthur Guy Baggett, Jr. Member, State of California Water Resources Control Board and Faculty Member of San Joaquin College of Law.
- Water and climate change in Asia: Facing up to the impacts and costs by Mr. David S. McCauley, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank.
- Integrated solutions for water, sustainable development and climate change issues: Applying the sustainomics framework by Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND); Director-General, Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), University of Manchester; and Co-laureate, 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace.
- Securing waters in coastal areas of the seas of East Asia: The PEMSEA experience by Dr. Thia-Eng Chua Regional Programme Director (rtd.), PEMSEA – Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia.
- The green-to-blue water continuum: An approach to improve agricultural systems' resilience to water scarcity by Mr. Alain Vidal Program Director, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food; Ms. Barbara van Koppen Rural Sociologist & Gender Expert, International Water Management Institute; Mr. David Blake, Research Student, School of International Development, University of East Anglia.
- Water footprint overview in the governmental, public policy, and corporate contexts by Professor Junguo Liu, School of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University; Mr. Stuart Orr, Freshwater Manager, WWF International.
- Understanding interstate virtual water trade and its determinants in India by Mr. Shilp Verma PhD student, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.
- Water storage: Health risks at different scales by Professor David J Bradley Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Dr. Robert Bos, World Health Organization.
- Electricity reforms and their impact on groundwater use in states of Gujarat, West Bengal and Uttarakhand, India By Dr. Aditi Mukherji Researcher, International Water Management Institute; Mr. Tushaar Shah, Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute; Mr. Shilp Verma, PhD Student, UNESCO-IHE.