Valuing Water for Better Governance
How To Promote Dialogue To Balance Social, Environmental,
And Economic Values?
by Gary Wolff, Pacific Institute, Jack Moss, Suez, Graham
Gladden and Eric Guttieriez.
Abstract: Solving the freshwater crisis requires
significantly more investment and spending in the water
sector. But getting more money requires broader agreement
among stakeholders than exists at present. A powerful
way of obtaining broader agreement is to clarify through
dialogues our values, value differences, and common ground.
When this is done, people and businesses are willing to
pay more for water systems and their governance, which
in turn enables water systems and their managers to deliver
more value to people and businesses.
Dialogue about values also strengthens the legitimacy
and sustainability of formal political decisions; many
of which have been reversed or deferred at great cost
because underlying value issues were ignored. Dialogue
about values is essential to create a "virtuous circle"
of progress in the water sector.
This paper develops an initial intellectual framework
for such dialogue.This paper was sponsored by the Business
and Industry CEO Panel for Water and was originally presented
at the 3rd World Water Forum, March 2003.
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