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Sunday, March 16, 2003

A major conference on the future of the world's supply of fresh water has opened in the Japanese city of Kyoto.

At the third World Water Forum over 10,000 delegates from 150 countries will debate solutions to the crisis facing more than 1,000,000,000 people (comprising one in six of all people) without access to clean water.

However, the solutions to this problem are mired in controversy with some groups favouring grand projects such as dams, major water diversion schemes or water privatisation while others would prefer greater use of basic technologies which could be used to conserve water more effectively for the world's poor and the environment.