By Guy J.-M. Le Moigne
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Noordwijk 1994). 3 While the elements of the comprehensive approach mentioned above have been endorsed and adopted by many countries, the difficulty remains of how to best implement them in a cost-effective and sustainable manner within reasonable time. Many countries, particularly those with acute shortages of clean water, have recognized the need to review their water policies and to develop comprehensive water resources management strategies. 5 Professional associations such as the IWRA have indicated their willingness to provide support for such endeavors.
By creating an environment that rewards the discussion and debate of risks, benefits and costs, participation leads to informed consent to chosen options. This contributes to acceptance of the resulting water strategies and creates ownership of the strategy or accompanying policies. It ensures transparency and accountability regarding decisions and the process by which decisions are made. It enhances creativity. Policymakers not only get a variety of views during the process, but can also identify organizations and individuals that can effectively implement policies at various levels.
31 It is appropriate for an interministerial committee to act as a steering committee during the course of the work program, reviewing progress and approving the course of work. In some countries, an interministerial committee will also be the authority that will choose among the options presented by the expert team; in others, it may present the recommendations of the expert team to the executive or to the legislative authority to enable either of them (or both) to choose the options that will constitute a strategy.
A guide to the formulation of water resources strategy by Guy J.-M. Le Moigne