A System to Improve Water-Related Sustainability Characteristics of International Development Programs/Projectsby Larry Quinn,
Abstract: In light of escalating environmental demands and reduced international development budgets, there is a growing need to assist loan/donor agencies in improving both the development and implementation of projects in a way that fosters sustainability of the area.s water resources. Projects are defined as any developmental effort that could impact water quality or water quantity and are not limited to water resources development scenarios. The effort described in this paper is attempting to provide an integrated water quantity/quality system to improve water-related sustainability characteristics of projects. The system is designed to provide decision-makers with an additional tool for use in the development of various national, sectoral and local infrastructure projects that utilize and/or impact the water resources of the project area. It is anticipated that the system could assist in improving project level performance at various points in the standard development agency project cycle.
Subject Headings: Water resources | Water quality | Sustainable development | Environmental issues | Budgets | Integrated systems | Decision making | Infrastructure
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