Integrated water resources management

A participatory planning and implementation tool for managing and developing water resources, IWRM takes into account social equity, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability. It is an open, flexible process in which knowledge from various disciplines and insights from a variety of stakeholders are applied in order to establish policies and make balanced decisions on specific water challenges.

WATER POrT supports beneficiary countries in developing appropriate policies and legal instruments for water management by improving their skills and capacities for IWRM and promoting its integration in other sectors (e.g. agriculture and industry) in order to improve water quality and environmental standards.

Main outputs

  • Training programmes created on the IWRM approach.
  • Guidelines, reports and recommendations on the IWRM approach drafted, with additional water quality aspects developed in cooperation with national authorities.
  • Needs assessment and analysis carried out and recommendations drafted for water demand management (WDM), and economic analysis undertaken.
  • Demonstration sites selected and demonstration activities conceptualised and implemented with local partners, with the assistance of external experts.
  • Analytical gap analyses undertaken outlining the use of equipment for water quality and environmental assessments; and national and regional capacity-building workshops organised focusing on the topics of WDM and water resources protection, with cross-cutting references to the other two key themes