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Introduction The WBCSD Water and Sustainable Development Program aims to enhance awareness in the business community of critical water issues while actively promoting mutual understanding between business and non-business stakeholders. Engaging leading companies representing a broad spectrum of activity, the current program is focused on the role of business in sustainable water management and on strengthening the foundation for effective business action. Member companies of the WBCSD believe that dialogue with other stakeholders is one of the keys to successfully navigating the future. Their Water Working Group has therefore launched a scenario planning process, with the participation of non- business stakeholders, to develop alternative narratives on how water issues might evolve over the next 20 to 25 years. The project is examin ing the influence of water-related issues on social, economic and environmental development and explor ing the roles business can play in shaping appropriate actions and outcomes. This working document provides an overview of some basic facts and societal challenges related to water. It has been developed by the WBCSD secretariat and is intended to support the ongoing dialogue within the WBCSD membership and with other stakeholders in civil society and government. The emphasis in this initial document is on water availability and people’s use of water for agricultural, industrial and domestic purposes. The scenario planning process will provide opportunities to supplement this work with consideration of other key issues. We have used existing data from many United Nation organizations, documents prepared for the 2 nd and 3 rd World Water Forums, the OECD, the World Resources Institute and other research organizations. We present it here in a simplified and condensed format to promote understanding of the world water situation and to stimulate forward thinking on business as part of the solution to issues in water and sanitation. Project director Robert Martin Lead author Al Fry Research Eva Haden Design Michael Martin Copyright © WBCSD, August 2005 . Reprint March 2006. ISBN 2-940240-70-1 Disclaimer This brochure is released in the name of the WBCSD. It has been developed by the WBCSD secretariat and is intended to support dialogue within the WBCSD membership and with other stakeholders in civil society and government on the role of business in sustainable water management. It does not necessarily represent the views of WBCSD member companies. Other WBCSD publications on water: Industry, Fresh Water and Sustainable Development 1998 Partnerships in Practice 2000 Water for the Poor 2002 Ordering publications WBCSD, c/o Earthprint Limited Tel: (44 1438) 748111 Fax: (44 1438) 748844 [email protected] Publications are available at:
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The global situation Less than 3% of the world’s water is fresh – the rest is seawater and undrinkable.
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