Large companies, international finance institutions and governments still believe that economic growth in combination with technology will bring solutions. Policies, programmes and projects causing accelerated climate change, polluting water and land, and destructing ecosystems continue to be the rule rather than the exception.

Other forces aim at a radical, quick shift to a low carbon economy without giving society time to adjust. These are driven by ideology, lack of perspective and uncertainty.

A balanced approach is needed to find viable solutions.

For this, different stakeholders need to become more knowledgeable. Politicians, journalists, and citizens need to acquire a basic understanding of the complexities of water management, governance, global warming and climate change. This can help establish favourable conditions for, and build momentum amongst- local communities, authorities and private enterprises when addressing the water and climate challenge.