Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)

Water is a key driver of economic and social development while it also has a basic function in maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. Managers, whether in the government or private sectors, have to apportion diminishing supplies between ever-increasing demands. The IWRM approach endorses an efficient, equitable and sustainable development and management of the world’s limited water resources and coping mechanisms for conflicting demands. 

In this context, UNESCO, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) came together to organize the first IGAD Water Dialogue, held in Nairobi in December 2014. The roundtable discussion was centered on the theme: Water for regional cooperation. UNESCO organized a session on capacity building for regional cooperation addressing the trans-boundary water challenges and promoting cooperation in the IGAD sub-region. The main recommendations were to conduct a needs assessment on water capacity building; and to develop an IGAD water capacity building programme.

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