Certain Aspects of Water Management as Impacted by Economic and Climate Transition in Serbia
Keywords:climate change, economic solutions, floods, water management, water management strategy, water supply
Given the current economic transition and expected impact of climate change, natural resources are becoming one of the main challenges. However, this is not only the case in most transition countries, but also, generally, in the rest of the world. In addition to food and energy, water will certainly be increasingly scarce and one of the most expensive products on our planet. In view of the existential significance of water and the fact that it is irreplaceable, water resource issues need to be addressed in a highly responsible manner, in order to meet basic human demands and socioeconomic requirements, as well as support social development. An increasing water stress is expected in the next decades due to a decreasing availability of drinking water, increasing pressures on water resources, and increasing frequency and severity of droughts and floods. Being a country in economic transition, Serbia is faced with many problems of a technical, economic and political nature. The paper highlights certain aspects of the status of Serbia’s water sector and describes possible courses of action set forth in the established Water Management Strategy of the Republic of Serbia.