The Report calls for:
Integrated governance approaches which address the links between water and health, education, poverty reduction, and environmental protection, while also balancing the demand for water from different sectors in order to ensure food and energy security.
A better understanding of the real “value” of water, which takes into account social and environmental costs, as well as the direct financial costs of extraction and delivery;
Water and sanitation institutions and in co-ordination to improve the efficiency of water distribution;
Overhauling inadequate and/or weakly enforced legislation so that it can protect scarce water resources better;
The systematic involvement of diverse stakeholders, including local communities, in decision-making and in the mechanisms necessary to increase the accountability and transparency of public water and sanitation services;
Support for research, innovation, and data collection, including through stronger regional mechanisms for sharing data and knowledge; and
Paying greater attention to shared water resource management across national boundaries.