A guide to the formulation of water resources strategy by Guy J.-M. Le Moigne

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Goals may also be specific, for example providing safe water supply and sanitation to a high percentage of the population by a certain date. Water-related policies might include government decisions about the preservation and protection of ecosystems, water rights, and the role of pricing. The objective of formulating a national water resources management strategy is to provide measures to manage this vital resource in accordance with adopted goals and policies. Developing such a strategy will also test whether these goals and policies are realistic.

Increasingly, the World Bank, the UNDP, and other organizations are called upon to provide support in the formulation of water resources strategies. The principles and recommendations endorsed at the international conferences and in the 1993 World Bank policy paper on water resources management provide a framework for the translation of these policies into action. This guide describes a process for formulating water resources strategies and outlines major issues in comprehensive water resources management that need to be considered in strategy formulation.

Terms of reference for the national expert team should be prepared before beginning the water resources assessment that Page 13 constitutes phase 1. The supervisory body or interministerial committee will probably have a general idea of the work to be done prior to selecting the expert team; the final terms, however, should be prepared in consultation with the team members after they have had the opportunity to suggest the scope and process of the work and to determine the resources they will require.

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