Water policy has generally been treated as an important issue. However, rational formulation and implementation of water policies have often been given only lip service. 21st century water policies must take into account changes that have occurred in the last decade (e.g. the trend towards decentralization, expanded roles for the private sector and NGOs) as well as the very great changes that are likely to occur. Future water policies will need to address diverse social interests and agendas, rapid changes in technology, globalization, relentless economic competition, lack of political certainty, and steadily increasing human aspirations.
By Asit K. Biswas, 2004. Article published in UNEP Industry and Environment, Volume 27, Number 1, pages 17-19.