Partnerships for the Goals

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Water Security

  • Jorge Tarifa-FernándezEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71067-9_19-1

Definition

Water security can be understood as the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of water of an acceptable quality to sustain livelihoods, human well-being, and socioeconomic development, to ensure protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and to preserve ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability (Water, U.N. 2013). The United Nations are very optimistic in the definition of water security as they try to capture its dynamic dimension and offer a holistic outlook to address water challenges. This implies considering water-related issues under the umbrella of water security, as it offers a means to consider them holistically (Water, U. N. 2013).

Introduction

Water takes on special relevance as it cannot be replaced for most of its uses. In a general sense, water is a renewable resource; however, available freshwater supplies are limited. In addition, the renewal of water changes over time and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economy and BusinessUniversity of AlmeríaAlmeríaSpain

Section editors and affiliations

  • Monica Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public Administration and School of Business AdministrationUniversity of International Business and Economics & China University of PetroleumBeijingChina