To head off a looming water crisis, meet demand, and sustain growth and human wellbeing, decoupling water from economic growth is essential. The report shows a package of policy and practical responses to aid aspirations for water sustainability.

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    Last century, the global economy expanded 30-fold, but global water consumption grew by only six times.

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    Water is needed for human health, environmental well-being, and economic development.

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    Up to one-third of the global population is already subject to water stress.

    The report

      Global trends point to a relative decoupling of water – that is, the rate of water resource use is increasing at a rate slower than that of economic growth. The Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water Use and Water Pollution report provides an independent assessment of technological and policy-relevant tools and approaches that can be used to achieve the decoupling of water resources from economic development while considering environmental and welfare impacts over the full life cycle. To head off a looming water resource crisis, meet global water demand, and sustain economic growth and human wellbeing, global action for decoupling water from economic growth is essential. The report puts forward a package of policy and practical responses based on decoupling strategies to help the forward looking policy-maker in achieving global aspirations for water sustainability.

      • UNEP (2015) Options for decoupling economic growth from water use and water pollution. Report of the International Resource Panel Working Group on Sustainable Water Management.

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