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Managing Future Water Needs Discussion Document 2008

Managing Future Water Needs Discussion Document 2008

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Managing our Future Water Needs for Agriculture, Industry, Human Health and the Environment
Discussion Document for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008
In collaboration withCH2M HILL CompaniesGlobal Water PartnershipInternational Water Management Institute (IWMI)IUCNNestléPepsiCoSABMillerThe Coca-Cola CompanyThe Dow Chemical Company
 The views expressed in this publicationdo not necessarily reflect those of the World Economic Forum.
World Economic Forum
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REF: 110108
 This document was prepared by the Consumer Industry Team of the World Economic Forum as part of the IndustryPartner Programme. Industry Partners are select member companies of the World Economic Forum that are activelyinvolved in the Forum’s mission at the industry level. Partnership brings visibility and insight to strategic decision-makingon the most important industry and cross-industry related issues and the opportunity to engage in actions of globalcorporate citizenship.
Executive Abstract
Significant business disruptions due to water scarcity – across all sectors and geographies,and with all the associated technical, economic, political, environmental and social implications
are a reality today 
, and are projected to
worsen in the future
, as a result of climate changeand demographics. Governments play an important role in helping to mitigate and adapt to thechallenge, but so does the private sector, through individual company actions and throughinnovative public-private and multistakeholder partnerships. CEOs are called to catalyseholistic water management actions up and down their respective supply chains and throughoutthe existing and new networks of which they are a part.The focus of actions should include:
• Water governance for transparent/fair allocation to users and sound incentives for efficient water use;• Water for agricultural use (“more crop per drop”; 70% of water withdrawn worldwide);• Water for industry (water efficiency within operations);• Water for energy (the deepening link between water resources and climate change);• Water for human purposes (sustainable and affordable access to safe drinking water and sanitation);• Water for the environment (to ensure sustained eco-system security).
To assist the development of this set of actions, the signatories of this paper encourage theDavos community to establish a wide coalition of businesses across different sectors. Thiscoalition should create and collaborate with innovative partnerships on water managementinvolving the research, development, farming, International Non-Governmental Organizations(INGO) and government communities. The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting can be usedto help the coalition develop a plan of action that will:
• Help raise global awareness and make water a strategic management issue for both businesses andgovernments;• Undertake a major international forecast on water security and its economic and political implications;• Leverage the outstanding competencies of the global business community to help implement any actions;• Support a substantive policy dialogue to improve water governance, to enable more market-basedmechanisms and sustained global corporate citizenship on water. At the Annual Meeting 2008, the public and private sessions related to water include:Managing Our Future Water Needs (private) 24/01/2008 08.00* Time Is Running Out for Water 24/01/2008 10.15 The True Value of Water 24/01/2008 12.30Who Is Managing Your Supply of Water? 25/01/2008 09.00 Are We Being Bio-Foolish? 25/01/2008 20.00Securing a Watertight Future 26/01/2008 09.00*Death, Disease and Dirty Water 26/01/2008 14.00*Please join sessions
Managing Our Future Water Needs
and Securing a
Watertight Future
where thisspecific call to action will be discussed and a process to craft an action plan for 2008 willbe undertaken.

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