UN Water Conference: Scope for Transfer of Knowledge in Its Action Plan

by Habte Mariam Neghassi, Officer; Water Resources Branch, Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Transport, Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 351-363

Document Type: Journal Paper


The United Nations Water Conference, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from March 14 to 25, 1977, adopted a set of detailed action recommendations on various aspects of water resources development and management and decided that this set of recommendations be known as the Mar del Plata Action Plan. After briefly introducing the action plan, this paper discusses some of the scope and challenges posed by the transfer of knowledge. Problems were discussed in relation to the requirements for human resources development, the needs for the management of water for agriculture and community supplies, and technical cooperation among developing countries in the field of water resources. Needs cound not be met without proper and parallel consideration of the pertinent requirements for the other components of the action plan, including assessment, industrial use, environment and pollution control, flood and drought loss management, and the management of shared water resources.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Water pollution | Water management | Mars | Developing countries | Irrigation water | Team building

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