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Prospects for agricultural water management
The Maldives, ranks fifth amongst the countries with the highest population density, the most important preoccupation remains water availability and accessibility. Ways are sought continuously fto improve availability by desalinating water, treating wastewater, collecting and storing rainwater and responsibly using and conserving the little groundwater available.
Following the tsunami, it was estimated that the Maldives would need about US$304 million to effectively implement a recovery and reconstruction strategy, according to the joint needs assessment Tsunami: Impact and Recovery carried out by the ADB, the United Nations system, and the World Bank (ADB, 2006).