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recent report on Water Security for Development:Insights from African Partnerships in Action. There is no time to lose. We see partnership and dialogueover water at local, national and regional level asfoundational to the UN negotiations in Mexico, inSouth Africa, and ultimately in Rio to have a hope of success. Fortunately, our networked world has an increasing capacity to respond rapidly to crisis and disaster and to share knowledge and solutions tobuild resilience. Water is the connecting thread across economicsectors which can nurture and support green growth orit can be the enemy which wipes out economic gainswhen disaster strikes. Building water securitycontributes to human security, and the security ofnations. There are many world leaders who alreadyrecognise the strategic importance of water, and thesewater champions are to be found among all three majoreconomic blocs of countries. The Global WaterPartnership is committed to supporting them to builda water secure world. nABOUT THE AUTHORDr Grobicki is the Executive Secretary of the GlobalWater Partnership (GWP). GWP is an internationalnetwork of 13 regional and 74 country waterpartnerships and 2,176 institutional partners in 153countries committed to the sustainable developmentand management of water resources at all levels. Dr Grobicki has spent most of her working life onwater-related issues, holding positions in the privatesector as well as with NGOs and the UN. She has aPhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London.SUSTAINABLE WATER129" "RETHINKINGWATER STORAGEHOLISTICALLY -WHETHERTHROUGH SMALL-SCALE SOLUTIONSSUCH AS RAINWATER HARVESTING, ORLARGE-SCALEMANAGEMENT OFRESERVOIRS,STORM-WATERSYSTEMS ANDAQUIFERS - IS ESSENTIALsolutions in time-honoured traditional approaches ofsafeguarding water as a precious resource, and at thesame time utilise the latest technologies of remotesensing and geospatial mapping to understand thewater system better. Agriculture is a key sector where future productivitygains will be reached through changes in water use.Since agriculture uses the lion's share of water in mostcountries, these shifts will have benefits across manyother sectors - be it environment, energy, domesticwater consumption, industry, and flood protection.Every step we take towards managing water moreeffectively reduces risk and builds resilience in theface of climate change.Many partnerships across sectors are needed to implement these solutions; hence the Global Water Partnership is an open platform which bringsvarious stakeholders in many countries and regionstogether in dialogue, to build greater trust andunderstanding. Inspiring examples are found in our

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