The global water crisis is expected to become more severe in the near future. In its 1997 annual report, the German Government's Advisory Council on Global Change presents an analysis of specific regions that are presently most affected by water shortages, and regions that will be particularly threatened by future water crises. In line with its past reports on global change, the Council examines three major "syndromes of global change" that are strongly linked to the worldwide water crisis. Based on this research, explicit recommendations for future research and for political action are presented.
- Five years after the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro
- international policymaking in response to global change
- local government implementation of AGENDA 21
- summary and prospects
- focus - water
- the freshwater crisis - basic elements
- water in the global network of interrelations - the causal web
- global water problems and their causes
- key issues
- solutions to the global water crisis
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