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he Global Water Partnership has celebrated must be focused on urgent problems – and there its 10th Anniversary! Congratulations are in must be action.Without change - investment, order – to network members, country partextension of water access to poor communities, nerships,Technical Committee (TEC) members, improved irrigation, better enforcement of polluSecretariat Staff, to donors and to tion regulations, we simply will not all of us! Over the ten years we achieve the sustainable management have raised global awareness of of water that is widely acknowlwater resource management issues edged as crucial to the delivery of and set up a global network to prothe Millennium Development Goals. vide knowledge about how water As you will read in this report, the should be managed.We’ve organGlobal Water Partnership’s key ized hundreds if not thousands of strength – in fact its very essence – is events and given advice through its network of committed, engaged our partners, publications, our people acting at every level: global, ToolBox and events on how to national and local.The threads of bring better practice to a variety of this network are living conduits; lifewater management issues. lines that channel ideas, commitAre we winning? Well, yes – and Margaret Catley-Carlson ment, inspiration, information, tools, Chair no.Yes – awareness is growing. contacts, and of necessity money to Around the world, governments where it is needed.We organize and people talk about the need to manage water public consultation and help with the process by better, with a more integrated approach. And that which some countries move to problem solving, is the first step for needed action. and strategies for water management – using an But also – no.Where is the action? There may IWRM, approach. be “enough water for all our purposes if it is The Partnership’s ten years brings satisfaction managed properly” but this well-used phrase with the changes provoked, but serious doubt offers scant comfort to the woman walking to that the pace of change is sufficient for the pace the distant well, the farmer at the end of the problems grow. In the year ahead we will examirrigation canal, and the urban slum dweller hav- ine the Partnership, begin the concluding phases ing to pay several times his city cousin’s bill for of assisting several governments around the an insufficient drinking water supply. For them, world with their water resource strategies, work as well as for the 28% of freshwater fish in danwith an External Evaluation, produce more TEC ger of extinction, for crops withering in fields products and help the world prepare for its first parched by recurring drought and for lakes global review of water management and water diminishing year by year, the plain fact of the efficiency. And, given the urgency of the need, matter is that there is water scarcity. may we help drive toward resolute achievements These problems need urgent attention. More on more focussed, action-oriented solutions – effective public policy and regulatory frameworks not easy, but imperative!
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