The Water Allocation and Use paper identifies problems in our systems of water allocation and use. It considers allocation approaches that would:
- enable sound decisions to be made about how much water should remain in water bodies and how much can be abstracted
- lead to allocation and facilitate reallocation of abstracted water to uses with the highest environmental, social, cultural and economic values, taking into account present and future needs in a fair and equitable way
- encourage technical efficiency in the use of water.
This paper was published as part of the Water Programme of Action Freshwater for a Sustainable Future consultation.