Who Said It Couldn't Be Done?
Many governments and institutions took up the challenge of adopting the WCD framework through national dialogues, some of which have led to real policy changes. However, other groups, like the dam industry and the World Bank (which was actually one of the initiators of the commission), have failed to even try to implement the WCD's recommendations."Protecting Rivers and Rights: The World Commission on Dams Recommendations in Action," are not comprehensive – nor are the examples perfect projects – they nevertheless show what can be achieved through trying.
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