The main purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of water professionals and officials of the tools and sources of finance needed for the range of water related interventions such as water supply, sanitation, water for sector uses (e.g. agriculture and energy), water resources management and ecosystems. The report thus covers a range of issues that together provide 'water security'. This is defined as the availability of an acceptable quantity and quality of water for health, livelihoods, ecosystems and production, coupled with an acceptable level of water-related risks to people, environments and economies.

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