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Volume 366
Proc. IAHS, 366, 75–79, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-366-75-2015
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Proc. IAHS, 366, 75–79, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-366-75-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Apr 2015

10 Apr 2015

Water availability, water quality water governance: the future ahead

J. G. Tundisi1, T. Matsumura-Tundisi2, V. S. Ciminelli3, and F. A. Barbosa4 J. G. Tundisi et al.
  • 1International Institute of Ecology, University of Feevale, INCT-ACQUA, Rua Bento Carlos 750, 13560-660 Centro, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2International Institute of Ecology, INCT-ACQUA, Rua Bento Carlos 750, 13560-660 Centro, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 3UFMG, INCT-ACQUA, Av. Antonio Carlos 6627, Belo Horizonte, 31270901 MG, Brazil
  • 4UFMG, INCT-ACQUA, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, CP 486 Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, 31270901 MG, Brazil

Abstract. The major challenge for achieving a sustainable future for water resources and water security is the integration of water availability, water quality and water governance. Water is unevenly distributed on Planet Earth and these disparities are cause of several economic, ecological and social differences in the societies of many countries and regions. As a consequence of human misuse, growth of urbanization and soil degradation, water quality is deteriorating continuously. Key components for the maintenance of water quantity and water quality are the vegetation cover of watersheds, reduction of the demand and new water governance that includes integrated management, predictive evaluation of impacts, and ecosystem services. Future research needs are discussed.

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