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4.12 Ansatzpunkte der Vermeidung von Wasserkonflikten (Udo E. Simonis)

4.12 Water related conflicts – And the need for a global water strategy (Udo E. Simonis)

Water related conflicts – And the need for a global water strategy: Both scarcity of water and water pollution are expected to increase further in the future. These trends will intensify existing conflicts over water and may produce additional conflicts of various kinds. Therefore, the need grows for a concerted international effort – a strategy – to prevent or to mitigate such conflicts. In this paper, the basic elements of a pro-active water strategy are being outlined and elaborated on. They include improved information, demand side management, additional supply side activities, and institutional reform of water policies.