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Water Programme of Action: Water allocation and use

Publication date:  June 2004
Publication reference number:  ME 561

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.