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Availability to clean drinking water has become a serious issue for many countries, mainly in Eastern Europe and Africa, according to the World Resources Institute (for more information see http://www.wri.org). The issue was a primary topic of discussion at the World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Obtaining quality water resources is essential for the alleviation of poverty and societal growth everywhere.


The global concern for most governments, international agencies, and the world’s population should be viable access to quality fresh water. Factors such as construction cost for wells, environmental elements, and geo-political issues become a hindrance and prevent access. Going forward key aspects to consider are the role of international enterprise and how it will affect supply and demand of fresh water. The world’s consumption and discharge, how it will affect re-cycling and environmental impact will also need to be examined.


Relationships and dialogue among the world governments is pertinent for creating a beneficial forum to discuss dynamics such as problem solving, policy-making, and collective research. Since utilizing water has such a global impact on societies, optimization of fresh water is crucial. Waste and pollution should be kept to a minimum. In addition to maintaining standards for disseminating fresh water, re-use and recycling water are ways governments and global industries can work together to assist with protecting and enhancing the environment.


Since water is fundamental to life it should not become an abused resource. Water resources encompass lakes, rivers, groundwater, and larger bodies of water (i.e. oceans and seas).


The need for access to fresh water is growing. Reasons behind increased demand are: growing population in many countries and developing countries. The access to fresh water for many countries are quickly becoming scarce and unfit for consumption by the general population due to contamination. Therefore, sustaining fresh water becomes a key global issue for the twenty-first century.


Water management will also become essential for government, industry, and private stakeholders. Each stakeholder can play a key role with more effective water management around the world. With water organization global governments need to properly acknowledge competing interest such as: farming, industry and local communities. These needs must be balanced to result in beneficial sustainability for all.


Availability to clean water is an issue for many countries in Africa, Central America and some areas of Eastern Europe and Asia. Quality water resources are essential to fighting poverty and for the promotion of growing societies. Most villages will address issues of access, quality and the cost of water supplies. Other factors include the environmental impacts of discharge and consumption.


Clean water [1] is a global issue with geo-political repercussion and public recognition. And important factor for re-using minumizing and recycling water resource is optimizing the effects pollution. Local authorities and commerce can work in unison to assist protecting the environment.


INTERNATIONAL COMPLIANCE & REGULAGTIONS

Partnerships for government and non-government enforcement and compliance help to facilitate and govern global behavior since the inception of clean water issues. Many global associations seek to rouse the implementation ethical standards and fair transactions in the field of fresh water management. The fundamental areas to success and primary focus for these agencies are: guidance on ethical use and governance of fresh water resources, forming global associations for enforcement of compliance, solidifying the capacity for compliance by member nations, and magnifying awareness of the importance of environmental compliance


Water conflicts date back to 3000 B.C. Conflicts could arise from the desire to possess or maintain governance over another country’s water resources. Disputes can also stem from water systems becoming the military targets of war.


An important Millennium Development Goals [2] (MDG) by 2015 is to lessen the amount of people who do not have access to clean drinking water. The Pacific Institute of Water Conflict continues to archive progress.


Safe drinking water and other environmental problems associated with water management eventually becomes social issues as well. How can disputes involving quality of water and human/environmental security be managed? The value of water should be acknowledged among nations and conflicts over water prevented and resolved. One objective to sustain conflict resolution should be categorizing water as a strategic resource. Security at all levels from the local municipalities to the national level.


Ethics for water management should give guidance for the ethical use and governance of clean water resources.

EXTERNAL LINKS RELATED TO GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS & WATER ETHICS

European Environment [3] Global Water[4] The World Bank [5] Research Triangle Institute [6] World Resource Institute [7]

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