There is legitimate competition for the use and protection of freshwater. The Sustainable Development Water Programme of Action included studies and reports which identify water bodies that are most important for various values. The main objectives of the project are to:
- develop methodologies to identify water bodies of national importance for a range of values including natural heritage, recreation, culture and historic heritage, irrigation, recreation, energy, industry, domestic and tourism
- compile a list of freshwater bodies for each of the values identified above
- secure nationally important natural, economic, social and cultural values of water bodies.