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The Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF)
The Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF) is an independent online venue created by and for those with an active interest in responsible management of water resources-one of the Earth’s most precious and threatened resources. This site offers grassroots organisations, local communities, academia, international agencies, and the private sector, governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) etc a tool for information exchange and exploration. Links to various databases, libraries and other websites will assist the grassroots organisation, researcher and sector professional alike in refining consistent global, regional, national and local practices and policies to ensure global water sustainability.
GWSF also offers information exchange and group discussions to further international dialogue on timely issues and help forge partnerships between entities with varying expertise in water resources planning and management. Whether a privatising utility requires input of an NGO specialising in community demand assessment or one country’s agricultural ministry is curious about another’s policies on local inherited water rights, GSWF sets forth networking facilities so that consistent and collaborative management of water resources may be advanced at global, regional, national and community levels.
GSWF main objective is to:
Build mechanism for sharing information and experiences to translate into practice the international consensus on global water resources that has emerged over the years.
Fundamental principles were endorsed in 1992 in Dublin and Rio de Janiero, respectively as reflected in the Rio/Dublin Statement and Agenda 21, these main principles asserts that;
**Freshwater is a finite and vulnerable resource, essential to sustain life, development and the environment
**Water development and management should be based on a participatory approach, involving all users, planners and policy makers at all levels
**Women play a central part in the provision , management, and safe guarding of water
**Water is an economic value in all its competing uses and should be recognised as an economic good.