In the last century rural water management has focused almost exclusively for irrigation - where crops were the lack of water and drainage - if the land affected by excess moisture.
Specialists in the field, from countries at different stages of development have had and still have different views regarding the development of water resources and water management.
As a result, early in the present century, have diversified and globalized a series of actions and programs that central direction the water - water for life, water for human development, water for human health and the environment.
United Nations - United Nations adopted the decade 2005-2015 to be the "International Decade for Action Water for Life", which is currently underway.
International Executive Committee of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage - IEC - looked ICID meeting in Sacramento - USA, September 2007, directions for a better management of water in rural areas leading to flood risk reduction, protection people, crops, animals and the environment.
More recently, in the context of the 5th World Water Forum, in Ankara - Turkey, in 2009, was subject to debate and analysis, the Conference of Ministers, a broad theme and importance to the future of the planet and humanity, that has to do with water, including its management.
• Global changes and water risk management products.
• Advanced development.
• managing and protecting water resources and supply systems. water to satisfy human and environmental.
• structures and leadership and management issues.
• Financing the water sector.
• Education and knowledge.