4th World Water Forum, Mexico, 2006

Water for Growth and Development

Reference point for discussion from the beacons

How can water resources be managed and developed to promote growth and alleviate poverty in a responsible manner?

The dynamics of water, growth and poverty are extremely complex, and highly dependent upon specific physical, cultural, political and economic circumstances. In many countries, the memory of the positive role that ‘yesterday’s’ water investments played in underpinning growth has been lost, although the associated, often unanticipated, costs may still be being met. In other countries, the future costs of ‘today’s’ water development are not recognized and irresponsible investments proceed, without adequate social and environmental safeguards.

Our ambition is to provoke discussion and strengthen understanding of the importance of water resources management and development in enabling responsible economic growth and poverty alleviation —fully mindful of the fact that this is just one of many aspects that must be weighed and understood in managing water resources.

Key messages from the Voices of the Forum

  • Water security and development requires a minimum level of water infrastructures
  • Financing water for development
  • Clarify the roles and responsibilities of authorities and local providers
  • Corruption is a barrier to reaching water security
  • Respect for the spiritual and cultural values of water in development
  • Without participation, no sustainable development
  • Waste water management to fight poverty 

Voices of the Forum process

Sessions synthesis

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  • FT1.01 
    Water and free trade agreements
  • FT1.02
    Waste water management to fight poverty
  • FT1.04
    Linking poverty reduction and water management : reaching the MDGs through investing in water
  • FT1.05 
    Achieving water security: Innovative solutions for system resilience
  • FT1.06
    Water and transport
  • FT1.07 
    How to overcome corruption in water resources and service management ? Action for development
  • FT1.08
    The global potential for major water system reoptimization to restore downstream ecosystems and human livelihoods
  • FT1.09
    Financing water infrastructures in the Americas
  • FT1.10 
    Water for growth and development in Africa
  • FT1.13
    Financing mechanisms for local water initiatives
  • FT1.14
    Call for proposal mechanisms: A way to directly support local stakeholders in implementing local actions for local development
  • FT1.15
    Is water alive ? Indegeneous understandings of water
  • FT1.16
    Land and water resources development in semi-arid and arid regions
  • FT1.17
    Gender mainstreaming and water for growth and development: diversity as an agent of change
  • FT1.18
    Innovative strategies for financing projects by local authorities. How to implement transparent, responsible and ethic models ?
  • FT1.19
    Young people in the water crisis and the challenges to face
  • FT1.20
    Megacities: Paradigms for urban water management
  • FT1.21
    Ensuring dams are a platform for growth and sustainable development (part I)
  • FT1. 22
    The dynamics of water and growth : Issues and political reflections
  • FT1.23
    Local initiatives (Community, involvement, stakeholders)
  • FT1.24
    Groundwater protection in Africa
  • FT1.25
    Ensuring dams are a platform for growth and sustainable development (part II)
  • FT1.26
    Access to finance for local governments
  • FT1.27
    New concepts and tools for education and capacity building to achieve the MDG's
  • FT1.28
    Water and energy
  • FT1.29
    Empowerment of young people for water management and the strengthening of the appropriate use of water
  • FT1.30
    Assessment of policy interventions in the water sector
  • FT1.32 
    Community water management in Latin America
  • FT1.33
    Successful indegeneous approaches to IWRM and achieving the MDG's
  • FT1.34
    Water infrastructures for sustainable and equitable developmenty
  • FT1.35
    Indigeneous towns and the water
  • FT1.36
    Business, water and sustainable development
  • FT1.38
    Sustainable and secure delivery of water: unique solutions proposed by the consulting industry
  • FT1.39
    Shared groundwater resources for sustainable management
  • FT1. 40
    The mass media: Key elements for a conscience and social participation in the problematic of the water

Baseline document

Voices of the Forum