4th World Water Forum, Mexico, 2006

Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management

Reference point for discussion from the beacons

The numerous and complex links between water-related activities and how to encourage more efficient use of water as a limited resource are the key issues that IWRM, as a tool to adress water governance challenge, needs to consider.

In September 2005, the 2005 World Summit added an important proviso to the WSSD Plan of Implementation: it called for assisting developing country efforts to prepare IWRM and water efficiency plans as part of comprehensive national development strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This development raised an important challenge: how to prepare national MDG-based development strategies to mainstream water resources considerations in these strategies.

Clearly, there are no universal blueprints or prescriptions to follow in moving towards more integrated approaches to water resources development, management and use. However, countries and communities can draw on existing tools and learn from each other’s experiences –thereby increasing their chances of success. The World Water Forum can play a key role in this process of global learning.


Key messages from the Voices of the Forum

  • Governments take the lead in the development of National IWRM plans...
  • ... but their implementation is a local affair
  • Financing IWRM is a government responsibility but communities are willing to share the cost if they are part of the process
  • Transboundary management may be a tool for peace
  • Groundwater, the hidden resource
  • Integrated ecology and hydrology approaches need to become part of education programs

Sessions synthesis

FT2.01Financing and IWRM

FT2.02
Integrated management and governance: A framework for making empowerment a reality

FT2.03
Strengthening institutions and stakeholders capacity for IWRM implementation at local level

FT2.04
Shared vision models

FT2.05
Water management in transboundary basin

FT2.07
IWRM in national plans 1

FT2.08
Transboundary waters in the Americas: Lessons in IWRM

FT2.13
IWRM as a basis for social and economic development in Central Asia

FT2.14
Implementation of the water framework directive: Status, challenges and prospects

FT2.15
The challenges of legal water sector reform

FT2.16
Water governance and river basin organizations

FT2.17
Public private partnership towards IRWM in the MENA region

FT2.18
Transboundary water management and regional integration in Africa

FT2.19
IWRM in national plans 2

FT2.20
IWRM in national plans 3

FT2.22
Rivers and wetlands: A negociated approach 

FT2.24
Information in support for IWRM

FT2.25
Groundwater management in the Middle East and North Africa region

FT2.26
Groundwater for life and livelihoods - A framework to action

FT2.27
The role of water and IWRM in the achievement of the MDGs

FT2.28
Lessons learned on facilitating IWRM planning

FT2.29
Synthesis session on transboundary basin management: regional consensus as a driving force for progress and development

FT2.30
Coordination of local actions for the sustainable future of the La Plata river basin

FT2.31
Management link for freshwaters and coasts - Progress in local actions

FT2.32
Promoting world lake vision and integrated basin management for the future of global water

FT2.33
Advancing local actions in basins, sub-basins and aquifers (BSA) through comprehensive IWRM learning and global networks

FT2.34
Bottom-up meets Top-down: learning lessons from Latin America and Africa

FT2.35
Implementing the 2002 Johannesburg commitments - African Civil Society in IWRM

FT2.36
Participation of the public and solidarity in basin management

FT2.38
Ecosystem and Ecohydrology approaches to IWRM

FT2.39
Rainwater, watershed management and food sovereignty

FT2.41
IWRM in the North

FT2.43
Opportunities and impediments to IWRM: reality vs. virtual reality

FT2.44
Adopting integrated flood management within the IWRM

FT2.45
IWRM issues in federative countries

FT2.46
Wastewater management for IWRM

FT2.47
Cross-cutting issues in water policies

FT2.48
Water governance: from analysis to action

FT2.49
The mass media as a detonator of a water culture

FT2.50 
Local governance for multiple water uses: experiences in community participation in rural areas of Central and South America

FT2.51
Institutional development for IWRM

FT2.52
The contribution of coastal zones and wetlands sanitation to development of new communities and ccosystems

FT2.53
Strengthening crosscutting schemes toward the integrated management of rivers and coasts