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effluent discharge (the ZED approach). Innovativeconcepts such as the virtual water trade are enabling a better understanding of how import and exportpatterns can affect the water balance of a country, andtherefore how they can improve their water securitythrough better agricultural and industrial policies. With continental grids balancing electricity usage, the benefits of hydropower (and other renewables) can also be shared more widely and across nationalboundaries. All this means that the water sector is increasinglybetter equipped to deal with climate change. This is not only a national task but also an opportunity for regional security and economic development.Smart investments in water resources managementstrengthen the ability of countries to adapt to newdemands and external pressures. However, in manycases, rivers and aquifers are shared by more than one108SUSTAINABLE WATERDUBLIN-RIO PRINCIPLES1. Fresh water is a finite and vulnerable resource,essential to sustain life, development and theenvironment.2. Water development and management should bebased on a participatory approach, involving users,planners and policy-makers at all levels.3. Women play a central part in the provision,management and safeguarding of water.4. Water is a public good and has a social andeconomic value in all its competing uses.5. Integrated water resources management: theequitable and efficient management andsustainable use of water as an integral part of theecosystem.Courtesy of Global Water Partnership/Saganang TubigCourtesy of Global Water Partnership/Ernie Pe├▒aredondo

BIOGRAPHYDr Ania Grobicki is the Executive Secretary of theGlobal Water Partnership (GWP). GWP is aninternational network of 13 regional and 74 countrywater partnerships and over 2,000 institutionalpartners in 153 countries committed to thesustainable development and management of waterresources at all levels. Dr Grobicki has spent most ofher working life on water-related issues, holdingpositions in the private sector as well as with NGOsand the UN. She has a PhD in Biotechnology fromImperial College, London.Left:Dr Ania GrobickiMain Picture: Violentstorms indicate climatechange is here and theflipside to drought is toomuch rain damagingagriculture (left) country. Effective adaptation to climate changeinvolves recognising the need for regional as well asnational instruments - both legal and financial.GWP therefore encourages countries to respond to theneed for action at regional level. GWP Country WaterPartnerships, now existing in 75 countries, alreadywork together within Regional Water Partnerships in13 regions worldwide. Partnership is open, withoutcharge, to any organisation which commits itself to theprinciples of good water management as set out in the"Dublin-Rio principles" (see side-bar).In summary, the Global Water Partnership believes thatwater and its management can offer a unifying focusfor global, regional and national co-operation onadaptation to climate change. Investments inintegrated water resources development andmanagement are investments in adaptation. We arecommitted to intensifying our support for theimplementation of integrated water resourcesmanagement (IWRM) as part of national and regionaladaptation strategies, and thereby supportingcountries and regions in adapting to climate change.While mitigation and carbon footprints are rightly thefocus of much attention for the deal to be reached atCOP16, we urge world leaders to remember the otherside of the coin - adaptation and water security.Climate change is here, and we need to manage ourplanet's water resources more responsibly than in thepast. The future of smart water management is here! n" "THE WATER SECTOR IS INCREASINGLYBETTER EQUIPPEDTO DEAL WITH THECHALLENGES OFADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE