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1 Purpose of this Report

This report summarises the feedback received at 19 public meetings held in February 2005. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss the issues and options for developing a national framework for freshwater management contained in the discussion document Freshwater for a sustainable future: issues and options. The discussion document was released for comment in December 2004 and constitutes the first round of consultation undertaken on the Sustainable Development Water Programme of Action.

This report does not include or express opinions about the responses received. These are more appropriately expressed following comprehensive analysis on the policy implications of the feedback.