V. FRESHWATER RESOURCES:
The importance of freshwater
resources for SIDS and the limits they can set to sustainable
development was highlighted. These resources need to be managed in
a sustainable manner through efficient technologies for the
catchment, production, conservation and delivery of freshwater.
Regional cooperation in training and research should be enhanced to
develop technical assistance and linked water resource databases
for relevant decision-making tools, including forecasting models
for water management planning and utilization. Climate change and
its adverse impacts on freshwater resources is an element that
needs to be taken into consideration. This part of the document
gave rise to little debate and the text was left unbracketed.