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A water toolbox or a best practice guide for action

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The objective of this document is to provide proposals based on the analysis of existing practice, reflecting specifically on lessons from implementation, scaling up and the relevance for developing and transition countries. The water toolbox proposes six tools which can be used to promote change and support the transition towards a green economy.

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Financing integrated water resources management

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Recently, a clear need was identified to look at ways of generating new revenues which can assure an adequate budget for the Department of Water Resources to undertake IWRM, and thereby secure water supplies for the country. Neither existing budget allocations to DWR, nor the revenues that are currently generated from water tariffs, are sufficient for this.

The Water and Water Resources Law of 1996 mentions “funds for watershed and water resource protection”, based on contributions made by the developers of water resources. A Presidential Decree on Natural Resource Charges is currently under development, with the opportunity to include financing mechanisms for IWRM. Water resource protection fees can provide an important, and much-needed, source of funding for undertake IWRM, especially the implementation of River Basin Plans.

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Water Funds : a Public-Private Fund for Watershed protection

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Development and climate change are putting freshwater ecosystems, the most endangered of all ecosystems, under severe stress. The increased degradation, hydrological variability and changes in land use have serious consequences in the green infrastructure and associated water-related services that these ecosystems provide. Recent evidence showing shrinking clean water supplies and perceived water insecurity has made businesses and water utilities look at fresh water as they never have before – a valuable good that is produced, sold and consumed and deserves investment.

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