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Resources - IWRM



IWRM education


The International Water Research Alliance Saxony(IWAS), together with the German IHP/HWRP (International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and Hydrology and Water Resources Programme of WMO), has developed an E-learning module on IWRM that is supposed to complement classical learning options. Since IWRM is complex and as interdisciplinarity is often missing in water management, the module interlinks lectures, i.e. thematic and geographical linkages (e.g. climate change) between the lectures appear, allowing the user to switch from one lecture to another one. Currently, the E-Learning module includes a total number of 39 presentations, subdivided into six groups.



The TIGER initiative supports water authorities, technical centres and other stakeholders in the African water sector to enhance their capacity to collect and use water relevant geo- information to better monitor, assess and inventory their water resources by exploiting EO products and services. To respond to the urgent information needs for IWRM in Africa, ESA has launched TIGER-NET as a major initiative to develop and demonstrate a user-driven water observation and information system based on EO technology, fulfilling operational requirements and providing a solid base for extension and roll-out to other basins in Africa.

Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS)


ICHARM has developed a concise flood-runoff analysis system as a toolkit for more effective and efficient flood forecasting in developing countries. This system is called "Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS)". IFAS provides interfaces to input not only satellite-based but ground-based rainfall data, as well as GIS functions to create river channel network and to estimate parameters of a default runoff analysis engine (PWRI distributed hydrogical model) and interfaces to display output results. ICHARM has been conducting training seminars for users to utilize IFAS and to do a co-operative study with local governments, organizations, etc. ICHARM hopes that IFAS will be widely used as a basic tool for preparing flood forecasting and warning systems in insufficiently gauged basins.



IWRM guidelines at River Basin Level (2009)

Part 1: Principles

Part 1 of the Guidelines provides basic principles of IWRM and explains the benefits of IWRM at river basin level and the need to promote it at the policy level. It also proposes a spiral model of IWRM, which illustrates the evolving and dynamic nature of the IWRM process.

Part 2-1: The Guidelines for IWRM Coordination

'The Guidelines for IWRM Coordination' is intended for practitioners involved in IWRM coordination. It can be used as introductory guidance for those tackling IWRM for the first time, or as training material for intermediary practitioners and trainers of IWRM. For IWRM experts, it can be used as a reference guide to tackle the various issues and problems they face in their IWRM activities.

Part 2-2: The Guidelines for Flood Management

'The Guidelines for Flood Management' is intended for IWRM practitioners of flood management. It is intended to be used as introductory guidance for those tackling IWRM for the first time, or as training material for intermediary practitioners and trainers of IWRM. For IWRM experts, it can be used as a reference guide to tackle the various issues and problems they face in their IWRM activities.

Part 2-3: Invitation to IWRM for Irrigation Practitioners

The 'Invitation to IWRM for Irrigation Practitioners' is intended for IWRM practitioners tackling irrigation planning. The Invitation consists of three parts: 1) sectoral perspectives, 2) key for success, and 3) IWRM process.

Part 2-4: The Guidelines for Managing Environmental Sustainability

The Guidelines for Managing Environmental Sustainability is intended for practitioners involved in IWRM1, particularly for the management of environmental sustainability, within the context of IWRM. It can be used as introductory guidance for those tackling IWRM for the first time, or as training material for intermediary practitioners and trainers of IWRM.


The water planning books


Flood Risk Management: A Strategic Approach (2013)

What are the best practice approaches to flood risk management? This publication reviews modern approaches to water management in challenging environments, providing new insights into good strategic planning and risk management of water resources.

Basin Water Allocation Planning: Principles, Procedures and Approaches for Basin Allocation Planning (2013)

This book considers modern approaches to dealing with issues of access to water at the basin scale, particularly through the allocation of water among administrative regions.

River Basin Planning Principles: Procedures and Approaches for Strategic Basin Planning (2013)

This book distils best practice approaches to basin planning in large and complex basins and provides an overview of the emerging good practice.


WWAP publications

Introduction to the IWRM guidelines at river basin level (2009)

These Guidelines provide information to help practitioners implement IWRM in line with their own set of circumstances. They consist of the fundamental concepts of IWRM as well as provide insights into the perspectives of various stakeholders with regard to water issues, keys for success for overcoming problems, and good examples where such keys for success were applied. This first publication serves as an introduction to the Guidelines and outlines the main points contained within them.

Integrated Water Resources Management in Action (2009)

This paper sets out to explore some of the practical aspects of the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). It covers the following aspects: 1) the relevance of IWRM for a number of key development issues, 2) the key characteristics of the concept, 3) the global status of IWRM, 4) practical implementation - the challenges, 5) practical implementation - case studies showing successful applications to problematic management scenarios, and 6) how IWRM programmes are being linked with the Millennium Development Goals and adaptation to climate change by the setting of achievement milestones.

IWRM Implementation in Basins, Sub-basins and Aquifers: State of the Art Review (2009)

This publication reviews currently available information on cases related to IWRM and Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) and summarizes these findings with some conclusions and recommendations.


Training Manual

Integrated Water Resources Management on a Basin Level. A Training Manual (2003)

This manual is an introduction to the principles underlying the integrated water resources management concept: the focus is on the approaches and management tools that facilitate its application, taking into account the size of the territory, whether it is national and international basins or sub-basins of local interest. This manual is destined first to trainers who, through a national or a regional seminar, would bring the participants to produce a diagnosis of their basin and an action plan. The manual is divided into two sections. The first one, of a more conceptual nature, presents a review of several definitions and some of the most pressing issues related to integrated basin-wide management. The second section of the manual, aimed at training, takes the reader and the trainer through the steps of the management framework.