8. References and links




IUCN – The World Conservation Union
Was created to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has been actively engaged in restoring ecosystems and regenerating people’s lives, economies and societies.

The World Bank: Water Resources Management Group
In March 2000 the World Bank put in place a formal Water Resources Management Group (WRMG) within the Bank, modeled on good basin management practices. Learn more about this development and related activities at this site.

UNDP Water Programme
Water plays a pivotal role for sustainable development, including poverty reduction.
Water crises can be directly linked to issues of governance.
UNDP's water strategy is directed by a commitment to assist countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals, with an emphasis on poverty reduction and reduced child mortality.

UNESCO Water Portal
The UNESCO Water Portal is intended to enhance access to information related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web.
The site provides links to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led programmes on freshwater and will serve as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs, including a range of categories such as water links, water events, learning modules and other on-line resources. There are some useful data bases here.



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