Using water to create “green economies”

Katalin Czippan
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03 Sep 2013 at 13:30
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Green economy

20.      Just as there are different cultures, there will be different green economies, in developing and industrialized countries. Green economies are to feature both new and old technologies and tools, incorporate the socio-economic value of natural systems and ecological flow needs to water management, use new accounting for natural capital in cost-benefits assessments, emphasize water-use efficiencies, employ realistic behaviour change among users of water, integrate indigenous with modern methods of adaptively managing water, create explicit criteria for ecosystems health for design of water investments, treating wastewater and solid waste for use and adopting rehabilitation and asset management of built and natural water infrastructure, respectively.

21.      Achieving green economies will require the setting of priorities among water uses. Water priorities will have to balance the three aspects of sustainable development and integrate socio-cultural, economic and environmental dimensions into national accounting systems and development policies. Such priority setting should include legislation, monitoring, financing, subsidies for affordable green technologies, markets, pricing, user pay along with polluter pay principles, paying for ecosystem services, green labelling of projects and products and broadened risk benefit assessments. Water policies are to promote the use of acceptable and affordable technology and needed infrastructure such as water storage that also benefit sustainable development, poverty eradication and green job creation.

22.Using goals of achieving green economies to modernize water policies will reframe the water dialogue worldwide. We must understand and account for the difference in perspectives and expectations between the rich and poor regarding green economy and act appropriately. This means enhancing green education and capacity development, balancing ecosystem services and societal aspirations, improving monitoring and capacities to adapt to feedback that monitoring brings, addressing accessibility, especially by the poor, to new technologies as well as their scaling up, including monitoring and an iterative approach towards a water-secure world

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