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Submitted by Aaron Wolf on
Thanks so much for this thoughtful comment. There is no question that the issues of privatization and globalization will, as you rightly point out, be growing potentials for conflict in the future. All the the grand debates over WTO and private capital in traditionally public sector domains have a water component as well, as we see in your probing question of whether we see "water as a human right versus as an economic good." I guess I would ask the question a bit differently. Perhaps, "are there areas where private capital and/or market mechanisms may be implemented to increase investment and efficiency, while guaranteeing protection to the poor and the environment?" That's a much harder, and more nuanced, way to approach it but, ultimately, perhaps more productive. Thanks for writing! Aaron.