No one needs to be convinced that water is a source and sustainer of life, a guarantee of purity and health, a base of production, an energy producer and one of our most basic needs without which nature cannot survive. Water is one of the fundamental driving forces of sustainable development and it is to the benefit of humanity that it is a renewable resource. However, we are not always its wise consumers and users. Despite multipurpose water use and its multilateral involvement in all spheres of human activity, it has traditionally been perceived in a narrow and specialized manner, leading to dispersed management of its different functions, isolated actions without consideration of other uses for water and frequent misunderstanding of the complex impact and consequences of water use. An understanding of water’s importance came to humanity in the last quarter of the twentieth century, and even then not universally but to certain groups and users. But the road from understanding to action is a long one, with many obstacles and destabilizing factors along the way.
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