United Nations
Commission on Sustainable Development

Background Paper

Commission on Sustainable Development     Background Paper No. 15
Sixth Session
20 April - 1 May 1998

                    INDUSTRY AND FRESHWATER
Non-Governmental Organization Steering Committee

INDUSTRY AND WATER, Technology and Water Resource Management, NEXT STEPS,
examines the impact of industry within the watershed context.  Industry's role regarding the health
of water resources within the watershed is discussed.  Selected industry water resource pollution
problems and solutions are reviewed.  Included are sample model approaches of next steps needed
to protect water resources.

                       Table of Contents

I.  Industry In The Watershed

     A.  Prevention and Remediation     
     B.  Science and Technology 

II.  Industry And Water Resource Protection

     A.  So Little Water, So Many Demands
     B.  Minimum Stream Flow and Well Yield
     C.  Nonpoint Source Pollution
     D.  Setting Priorities

III.  The Critical Component: Education And Participation Of People At The Local Level

     A.    Rural Clean Water Programs

IV.  Industry And Wastewater Management

     A.  Industry and Innovative Examples

                  I. INDUSTRY IN THE WATERSHED

1.   Industry does not function in a vacuum.  It is part of a global infrastructure and natural
environment.  The manner in which industry functions within those two communities has a
tremendous impact on the communities and on industry's well being.

2.   Most industry, traditionally, has not focussed on its role within the watershed community. 
With increased population growth and decreased environmental well being, some industry leaders
have become aware that continued growth and prosperity is critically linked to becoming an
essential water resource protection partner with the watershed community and government.

3.   The United Nations Commission On Sustainable Development and the Special Session of
the General Assembly, June 1997, both recognized the critical need to address water resource
protection and both endorsed using the integrated watershed management approach.

4.   What is a watershed?  A watershed is the land that water flows across (surface water) or
under (groundwater) on its way to a stream, river, lake, or wetland.  Watersheds are formed in
many different shapes and sizes.  It is a somewhat concave or bowl-shaped catchment basin where
precipitation follows the contour of the land to the lower elevations.  Most of the water soaks into
the soil and becomes ground water.  Watershed shapes and sizes differ, some have hills or
mountains, some are nearly flat, or marshy with diverse trees, plants and wildlife.

5.   Since all industry is located within in a watershed, the actions of industries, in urban and
rural settings, impact all the inhabitants of that immediate watershed as well as the larger
watershed downstream.  Industrial activity also impacts the soil, water, air, plants, and animals,
which make up the natural resources in a watershed, and over time, effects the well being of the
industry itself.

6.   Watersheds, because they are defined by their physical land features, are the  mechanisms
necessary to address many of the interrelationships between industry's use of water, impact on the
ecosystems and availability of water for human needs.  If the quality and quantity of the water
decreases, it will have a negative impact on the immediate manmade and natural environment, and
that will have a negative impact on the industry located within that particular watershed.  The
long term availability of usable water for industrial purposes and the impact of that use on the
watershed, will determine the long range well being of the area and the industry.  Water resource
protection is critical for industry.

7.   What does industry need to do to ensure there is a healthy environment for industry to
conduct business in?  Address the impact of industry on the ecosystem, implement the  use of a
variety of best practices, work with knowledgeable local men and women regarding what
resources need protecting, and learn what negative impacts have already occurred.  For industry
to function effectively in a specific location, it needs to be assured there is access to potable water
for people, both within the industry itself and in the surrounding local areas. Industry cannot
sustain itself in a sick or rapidly declining environment.

8.   Politics, people and water resource protection, how does it impact industry?  An industry
in a unstable political environment is not going to be as cost effective as one that  operates in a
stable political environment.  Industry needs to be involved with, and supportive of appropriate
transnational agreements, national and subnational regulations and programs having business
implications, at the local level.  Industry is the third leg in the tripod of citizens, government and
industry.  Working within a partnership which represents a variety of interests, will benefit
industry as the environment stabilizes. 

9.   Some of the most important environmental management innovations in the next decade,
will take place at the watershed level.  Industry's role will be critical.  Industry that can partner in
these new decision making arenas will benefit most.  Industry can be at the table as decisions are
made or can react to regulations after they are decided.  A balance between responsible voluntary
initiatives and necessary uniform regulations will best be achieved by industry working with
government and civil society while recognizing its impact in the watershed.

10.  What is best for business?  To be part of a collaborative planning approach that brings
people with diverse backgrounds, interests, responsibilities and perspectives together to develop
agreement on water resource protection priorities and actions.  Ensuring there is a quality
environment long term is essential for people, the environment and industry as well.  Industry will
not be able to function effectively long term in declining environments where illness is increasing.

11.  Initially, a collaborative, partnership approach is more cumbersome and time consuming,
but with all the partners represented at the table, there is less likelihood that agreed upon efforts
will be undermined, thus resulting in an increased opportunity for beneficial results long term.

12.  Using the watershed approach, a nation or subnational area, divides or subdivides its
territory using a hydrologic unit-basis into river basins or groundwater systems.  Watershed health
can be determined by prioritizing watersheds within each basin, by use, rate of water quality
decline, feasibility of restoration, vulnerability of resource, public value, and economic value. 
Industry can make a valuable contribution to this process as a user of water resources.  How
much, what quality, what impact, and what process does industry use water for?  Industry needs
to be accountable for its impact on water resources.

13.  What negative impacts could occur to prevent industry from having the type of quality
water it needs?  What new processes within the industry water use cycle could be implemented to
ensure long term supply?  As water becomes less available and more costly, it will be critical to
utilize water resources in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

14.  What would be the impact of decreased water availability on industry?  Successful
Industries for the next century are beginning to plan, recognizing the need to make adjustments in
previous thinking, about long term availability of quality water supplies.

15.  Be part of the solution.  To ensure long term water availability, the most efficient practice
is to reduce/eliminate pollutants causing water quality impairments at the industry source.

16.  Develop programs, utilizing low technology and as needed, high technology to decrease
the amount of pollutants that are poured into the water, the same water that industry will need to
obtain quality water for long term use.  Make available to the public information regarding types
of pollutants entering water resources and their potential impacts.  Once pollutants have reached
the streams and brooks, the impact is much greater and the clean up costs much higher.  The
option of industry doing nothing, and leaving the process to nature or the government and civil
society, is fast becoming an obsolete solution.  The burden on nature, and government and civil
society, is too great without the partnership with industry.

                 A.  Prevention and Remediation

17.  What needs to be done by industry?  Plan ahead.  It is important to develop a model that
includes water resource standards that protect existing quality resources, as well as improve
priority substandard resources.  As industries grow, expand and sell more products and services,
so will the populations utilizing them.  Water is a finite resource, that needs to be shared between
industry, the people who keep industry moving and the environment that sustains the whole

18.  Prevention is less costly and more effective.  When siting industrial facilities, the quality of
the water resources to be impacted for industrial use, needs to be addressed.  Traditionally, water
resource management efforts focused primarily on planning for basins or watersheds where
problems existed.  Now with decreasing numbers of pristine resources it is essential to be
proactive and recognize the importance of also maintaining existing healthier water resource
areas.  Proactive water resource planning is more efficient than addressing problems associated
with previously made, difficult or impossible to reverse, land use/water resource decisions.

19.  Initially, attention needs to be directed at these two opposite situations:  areas where
problems/pollutants have the most negative impact; and areas where protection/maintenance of
high quality water resources has the greatest impact.  Adding to the complexity of water resource
protection, are transnational watersheds.  Industry is often in a key position to help address
delicate issues that governments must officially address regarding shared national water resources. 
In areas of strife or potential disagreement, it is beneficial to industry to be a catalyst for action to
maintain quality water/improve substandard resources.

                   B.  Science and Technology

20.  Industry has expertise.  Investing in a partnership with government and civil society,
regarding data collection and technology transfer has long term gains for industry. 

21.  There is always the case to be made for collecting more water resource and ecosystem
data in a watershed, but this water quality data needs to be balanced with the capacity to gather,
interpret and act on it.  At the watershed or subwatershed level, general agreement, among
diverse participants, about what type of water quality information needs to be gathered is critical,
especially since the entities involved have different interests and reasons for prioritizing collection
of some information and not others.  Agreement regarding what information will actually be
collected will make the collected data more credible.  Data collection that impacts peoples' health,
quality and quantity of the water resource, and the environment is essential.

22.  There is almost always some uncertainty associated with watershed decisions.  There are
usually some who would prefer no action be taken.  Representatives of such interests could make
the case for no action based on too little information.  When is enough information sufficient to
take action?  Industry, government and civil society, especially at the local resource need to weigh
these issues.  Civil society needs to have a voice with sufficient weight that health impacts are
known and addressed.

23.  In water resource management, if decision makers wait until there is no uncertainty, little
or no action is ever taken.  Without action, there is little opportunity to test ideas or to verify the
reliability of the information that does exist.  Decision makers need to be able to act on sound, if
incomplete, information, making adjustments as more information becomes available.  Credible
Industries, can be instrumental in moving the process forward.

24.  Communication with and access to understandable information by the public, that explains
what the basics and implications of watershed or water resource protection science means to civil
society regarding health, environment, potable water, and food production is essential for
resource improvement to be sustained.

25.  How will the science and technology component be funded?  Industry may have a long
term presence in a region, even if government representatives change.  Industry could assist in
establishing a mechanism to ensure that gathered information remains available even if funding
does not.

26.  How can information gathered by different entities, for different purposes, using different
methods, be coordinated?  Once industry, government and civil society have developed a clear
picture of the overall watershed conditions, planning for appropriate economic, civic and
environmental needs can occur.

27.  Caution needs to be taken.  As Industry, itself, becomes more cost efficient it can share
this knowledge with other water resource partners.  Excessive amounts of time and money on 
coordination alone, result in a decrease in actual needed water resource protection.  A
determination needs to be made, as to how much coordination is enough, to maximize water
resource protection efforts.  Program and data collection will vary depending on the actual size of
the watershed or subwatershed.


28.  Conflicts are increasing among water uses as populations grow and the need for water
increases while availability of new sources decreases.

              A. So Little Water, So Many Demands

29.  What impact will this have on Industry?  Industrial water issues differ depending on
location.  When locating in a particular area, industry needs to consider:  land use development
patterns are not necessarily determined by water suppliers; the locations where water is needed
versus the location of available water; the implication of water resources crossing national and
subnational boundaries; the lack of allocation systems; inequities between water use; conservation
standards, rural vs. urban areas; regional nature of water supply; impact of water use throughout
the industrial use cycle; acceptable standards for in-stream flows; waste disposal; the social and
economic consequences; and the cost and impact of water utilization.  As populations expand in
marginally or already stressed water areas, conflicts will arise over the need for the use of
new/increased supplies.  Mechanisms to adequately resolve water conflicts are needed.

             B.  Minimum Stream Flow and Well Yield

30.  What happens when there is not enough water?  Industry needs to be part of the solution
to balance demands between industry's water use and the impact on stream flow, water quality,
wells and surrounding wetlands, and fisheries.

31.  Why?  Mismanagement will result in not enough water for industry, people and the
environment.  Coordination of the time, amount of draw down from wells, impacts on stream
flow and wetlands need to be developed and implemented along with water conservation
methods.  Implementation of national and subnational regulatory standards for such issues as:
stream flows needed for critical habitat functions, coupled with scientific, tools such as biological
fisheries assessments and aquifer models, to define seasonal aquifer impacts on stream
performance measurements need to be utilized.  Standards need to be established that address
when the impact of water withdrawal is too great on a particular water resource.

                  C. Nonpoint Source Pollution

32.  What is industry's responsibility?   Industry is often identified with point pollution, that
which comes from a specific place or pipe, such as discharge into a river or stream.  Point
pollution that is emitted into the air, eventually settles back to the ground, and is then carried as
nonpoint source pollution (NPS) across the landscape or into rivers, lakes or wetlands. 
Eventually wind or rain carries pollutants from the land into rivers and streams and some seeps
into groundwater through the soils.

33.  Although more progress has been made regarding point pollution into waterways,
nonpoint pollution is a major problem which is more difficult to control and needs assistance from
industry.  NPS can also occur independently of point source pollution, for example, pollution
results from spreading chemicals on the land for specific crops, from industrial byproducts that
may be inadvertently spread across the landscape, land development patterns, impervious
surfaces, and drainage systems.  Mechanisms are needed to address these negative impacts.

34.  What to do about Industrial NPS?  Since NPS pollution does not come from one
identifiable spot or point such as a pipe, it is much more difficult to address.  The targeting
approach to pollution prevention efforts, involves identifying the predominant pollutant sources,
prioritizing those sources and treating those critical areas first, that contribute the most to the
pollution of the water resource.  The amount of and source of pollutant, the severity of the
existing problem, the potential for resource degradation and the estimated magnitude and
distribution of pollutants, and type of water resource, all need to be considered when evaluating
the problem.

35.  The initial objective, while factoring in this information, is to obtain visible improvements
in a specified limited area.  This targeted approach differs from the more traditional approach of
providing resources to qualifying participants on an equal basis throughout a nation or at a
subnational level.  Targeting identifies priority water resources and treats the major sources of
pollution that impair those resources.  The process involves ranking resources according to
specific criteria which are indicators of a high probability of NPS project success.  This approach
may be more efficient for industry, when the primary goal is to address pollution related to
specific industry activities.  Best management practices can significantly mitigate pollution sources
with direct financial benefits or with only minimal increases in capital and operating costs to

36.  Success is important for building public support and increasing knowledge regarding
pollution control efforts.  Variability in hydrological systems can complicate the targeting
procedure therefore flexibility is needed, as is involvement of the local watershed community.

37.  Although the more traditional approach may achieve a great deal of NPS pollution
control, its potential for producing any detectable change in a water resource within a twenty five
year period is quite low.  The targeted approach, by concentrating pollution control efforts and
applying project resources to clearly specified goals and objectives can produce results in a
reasonably short period, such as five to ten years.  (Maas, 1987)

38.  Industry can help treat NPS pollution to protect high priority water resources.  This is
advantageous to industry, to ensure that sufficient quantity and quality water is available and
maintained.  It is advantageous to government and the local area both for public health and the
economy.  Industry can also strongly urge for national and community actions to prevent impacts 
to critically stressed waters, such as avoiding nutrient overloading that overwhelms the ability of
aquatic ecosystems to assimilate pollutants. 

39.  National regulations are necessary, in connection with specialized subnational programs,
to manage nonpoint sources of pollution unique to subnational areas.  Water quality criteria and
standards can help gauge protection efforts at the watershed level.  Industry, with appropriate
expertise, could offer valuable assistance to the government and the local area in developing
effective and workable pollution protection mechanisms.

40.  Such mechanisms could include: the development of subnational assessment reports of
NPS problems and a five year management program, including the role of industry in the plan. 
Realistic program goals need to be established, that result in visible improvements in water quality
for priority water resources.  Attainable time sensitive goals need to be set based on available or
realistic additional financial and staff resources and appropriate regulations.

41.  Water quality standards can evolve and be added to for all pollutants, in surface and
ground water within an iterative planning framework as technical understanding increases and
knowledge of specific water bodies improves. (Gannon,1996) 

42.  What is the availability of industrial financial/technical resources to address specific
industry related NPS pollution issues?  What are the benefits for industry to be part of the
solution?  What are the gains regarding a healthy environment and work force?  What are
immediate and long term advantages for locating or maintaining a site specific industry in a
healthy environment?

43.  Does Industry, as an influential member of the larger watershed community recognize the
gains for itself and the larger community, by being a partner in pllution control efforts?

                     D. Setting Priorities

44.  At the watershed level: 

     (a)  Define who is responsible. 

     (b)  Determine how much and what type of NPS reduction will be necessary to restore
designated uses of the resource. 

     (c)  Develop a watershed profile that will serve as a project data base, including an
inventory of nonpoint sources and point sources.

     (d)  Establish water quality goals and objectives for each phase of the project.  Establish
goals that are measurable with flexibility. Determine pollutant reduction needed to achieve water
quality goals.  Identify groundwater recharge areas needing a high level of protection from
nonpoint and other pollutant sources.  Develop wellhead protection programs that protect areas
around wells supplying public drinking water systems from contamination that could have harmful
public health implications.  Determine incentives for land user/owner participation and regulatory

     (d)  Assess methods for obtaining land user/owner participation and implement those
methods which are appropriate for the local area.

     (f)  Selection process criteria: a. type and severity of water resource impairment, b. type of
pollutant, c. source magnitude considerations, d. transport considerations, and e. project specific

     (g)  Implement "Best Practice" management tools and water quality monitoring programs;
document impacts of treatment on water quality initially and throughout the program.

     (h)  Develop public educational/communication programs regarding the targeting
approach.  The public will become more aware and more supportive of NPS control programs as
visible water quality improvements occur.  Public knowledge regarding water quality benefits and
new/enhanced skills are the primary ingredients for increased and lasting water resource

     (i)   National or transnational priority water resource concerns shared by government
entities, should be addressed as a subnational level begins to target its nonpoint source problems.
Coordination among these entities is essential to achieve water quality improvements in shared
water resources. 
     (j) Consideration needs to be given to the impact of treating one resource and the impact
on another resource.  Initial decisions, need to weigh the benefit of targeting surface water versus
groundwater, streams versus downstream, lakes or reservoirs, or upstream lakes or reservoirs
versus estuaries. 

     (k).  The importance of identifying the pollutant source properly, is critical to ensure
efficient use of project resources.

45.  Once the priority water bodies have been identified, it is necessary to determine if the
availability of resources are sufficient to implement enough pollution control to achieve the water
quality objectives.  If resources are not sufficient, the prioritizing procedure can be repeated to
target subwatersheds with definable water quality problems that can be solved.  The estimated
amount of funds required to implement a project should be compared to the estimated benefits. 
Attention should also be given to the distribution of these benefits among all participants,
including local residents. 

46.  Since water quality problems attributable to specific point sources often have a NPS
component, some water resources require treatment of both point and nonpoint sources to meet
the desired level of water quality improvements.  The targeting approach,  designed to treat the
major sources first, can substantially expedite the achievement of water quality goals. (Maas,


47.  Industry, a community partner?  An integrated approach to land use and water resource
protection recognizes the essential leadership role of local citizens.

48.  Water resource protection education/information, especially among men and women
identified as formal or informal local community leaders are better able to effectively address local
water resource protection issues, and therefore are key to the success of improved water quality. 
Involvement of women is especially critical because of their key role in many regions regarding
the distribution, management and protection of water resources.  Women worldwide must to be
equally represented at all levels of decision-making with regard to water resource management. 

49.  Does industry see itself as part of the watershed community?  The reality of water
resource protection will only be achieved if the people closest to the source have some
understanding and belief in the mission to protect/improve water resources.  The approach differs,
depending how people view the connection between water and land.  Industry could be a
community partner, helping to address this.  It is important to create favorable conditions for
sustainable development. 

50.  In some parts of the world, in order for local people to be meaningfully involved with
water resource protection, a link  must be established with the struggle for land equity.  The
approach that links improved water quality, with land equity differs from the traditional approach,
which is generally more concerned with primarily creating physical changes to the environment. 

51.  Where land equity is an issue, the key is to focus on the conditions that are favorable for
the development of a sense of community, "a tangible expression of shared sentiments, values and
identities where land is understood not only as a component of wealth, but as a common place
invested with symbolic meaning."  This fundamental principle is based on insuring respect for the
inherent identity of the community.  (Perriara, 1997)

52.  Dams:  Hydroelectric dam operators need to factor in the environmental costs of current
and proposed projects, including land conservation, and water management practices such as
fishways.  Construction and dam maintenance plans need to include:  the impact on rivers and
watersheds; alternatives to construction; and dam removals.

53.  Regarding water supply issues, an alternative to huge dam construction, is the
construction of many small ponds and dams designed to rechannel surplus water back to a main
water source or into storage tanks for later use or to send to neighboring water scarce areas.  Fish
cultivation in these ponds and lakes help purify the water and provide food for birds.  However,
area farmers need to use organic fertilizers and minimal chemical fertilizers to prevent nonsource
point pollution from contaminating the water.  (Hammer, 1997)

                 A.  Rural Clean Water Programs

54.  Best practices to address identified water quality problems are most effective when
developed with local farmers and technical personnel based on indigenous knowledge of the
agricultural systems.

55.  As previously discussed, priorities should be focused in the areas of the watershed that are
most critical to the water pollution problem.  Farmer to farmer information and education should
be used to help farmers learn new concepts and techniques.  Finally, inducements such as credit,
tool availability, and land tenure reform can be powerful incentives that move farmers toward
agriculture practices that are more sustainable in the long run, more profitable in the short run,
and lead to real improvements in water quality.  (Osmond, 1995)

56.  Since all land/water users may not understand the critical relationship between land
activities, pollution and water quality, it is essential that rural water pollution efforts have a strong
information and education component coupled with decision-making. 

57.  The success of local citizens being invested in solving water quality problems, will be
based in part, on the increased understanding men and women have regarding the need for water
resource protection efforts.  To ensure local participation, it is essential that the community
recognizes and agrees on the existence and the source of the water quality problems and
necessary actions. 

Key Components In Successful Watershed Planning

58.  Industry has many skills to bring to water resource protection efforts, similar to a
successful business plan, a watershed plan needs to have: clear visions, goals, and action items;
good leaders; coordination at the watershed level; recognition that environmental, economic, and
social values are compatible; plans can only succeed if implemented; partnerships encourage 
meaningful participation; good tools are essential; education and involvement drive action;
projects need to measure, communicate, and account for progress; and build on small successes. 
(Top 10 Lessons Learned, 1997)


59.  What is the cost?  Industrial wastewater from urban and rural areas must be returned to
the land or water.  The complex question of which contaminants in wastewater should be
removed to protect the environment, to what extent, and where they should be placed must be
answered to address local conditions, environmental risks, and economic feasibility.

60.  The cost, who pays and what types of wastewater treatment systems are utilized are
critical.  Types of wastewater treatment to consider include such options as:  1) optimization of
primary stages of treatment;  2) innovation in biological treatment processes;  3) natural
wastewater treatment system;  4) water reclamation and reuse as an alternative to discharge to
receiving waters;  and  5)innovations that offer flexibility and/or special capabilities.  (Murcott,

61.  Industry can develop new products and new markets for water management techniques
and technologies which address water quality and quantity issues.  One of the major factors for
industry to advance the watershed management approach will be the huge market for water
conservation and remediation.

              A.  Industry and Innovative Examples

62.   Abbott Laboratories at the plant in Barceloneta Puerto Rico, has managed its multi-media
wastes in house.  Also engaged in an important partnership with the local sewage agency.  Abbott
has achieved a near zero discharge of pollutants to the Sewer Authority, which it helped to
construct.  The amount of pollutants discharged is tiny, as a result of an aggressive approach to
Total Environmental Management, now called Environmental Management Systems.  Abbott has
developed a comprehensive stormwater management plan to isolate non-contaminated stormwater
from their wastewater treatment facilities.  (Gonzalez, 1996)

63.  Electroplating facility in Indonesia, could save more than $93,000 per year by heeding
pollution prevention recommendations, according to an Environmental Pollution Prevention
Project (EP3) inspection team assessment of the plant.  EP3 assessments focus on low-or-no cost
management practices and operational improvements and on medium-level capital equipment and
process modifications with projected cost savings and environmental benefits.  (Kratch, 1996)

64.  Waialua Sugar Company, Hawaii, where reclaimed water has been blended with mountain
stream water and utilized for irrigation of sugar cane and diversified agriculture since 1928.
Virtually all of the reclaimed water consumers in Hawaii view the use of reclaimed water as an
appropriate use of valuable water resource and as an environmentally sensitive way to dispose of
wastewater effluent.  (Parabicoli, 1997)

65.  Ben & Jerry's, Vermont, addresses the high-fat dairy waste byproduct from making ice
cream, at the Company's oldest plant, through a series of lagoons where microorganisms break
down milk solids before they enter the local wastewater treatment plant.  (Judge, 1997)

66.  Wastewater in the valley of Mexico and its reuse:  The city of Mexico and incorporated
areas produce about 48 m3/s of sewage, which is used downstream to irrigate approximately
90,000 hectares (estimate 37,000 acres) of alfalfa, corn, wheat crops, and a number of vegetables
for raw consumption.  The agricultural zone presents an incidence of gastro-intestinal illnesses
that is 16 times higher than the national average.  At the present time, attempts are being made to
treat the entire amount of wastewater produced by the City.  Among possible processes to be
used is the Advanced Primary Treatment (APT) combined with filtration and disinfection, since
this method complies with Mexican regulations for water reuse.  (Jimenez, 1997)

67.  Who is being recognized?  According to the Monsanto Company, for improvements
Monsanto has achieved so far, it was the only chemical company, and one of 15 recipients
nationwide, to be recently honored by the U.S. President's Council for Sustainable Development. 
In 1996, E. Beaver from Monsanto Company stated in "Industrial Transition To Sustainable
Development" that: "natural resources have been declining as population and consumption levels
increase.  Inevitably these lines will soon intersect and then it may be too late to act.  This gap
represents a window of opportunity.  If the world acts now, we may be able to stabilize the trends
or even reverse them to widen this gap."  Beaver further adds: "These issues are very relevant
because most companies depend on natural resources, biological productivity and healthy global
markets to survive and thrive.  It is in our best interest to invest in a healthy planet."  Beaver adds:
" ... the next evolution which we are just beginning to enter is sustainability ... We must recognize
the full cost of using finite supplies of these materials as well as the full environmental cost of
disposal of the waste, both of which are very undervalued in our current economic structure.  We
must recognize any waste as an indicator of inefficiency." 


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For additional information contact:
UN CSD Freshwater Caucus
Lyn Billman-Golemme, American Planning Association
(UN CSD Rep) Billman-Golemme Associates
114 Ruggles Street
Westborough, MA 01581 USA
email Billman-Golemme@worldnet.att.net

Miguel Soto Cruz
Arbofilia, P.O. Box 512 - tibar -
1100 Costa Rica
Fax 506-240-7145

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