We were created to advocate for the implementation of integrated water resources management (IWRM): the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of vital environmental systems.
Because we are a global action network with multiple stakeholders from many sectors, we provide a platform on which to facilitate dialogues that result in changes to policies, laws, and institutions.
Technical expertise and knowledge sharing
GWP provides the intellectual leadership for an integrated approach to water resources management. GWP created the GWP ToolBox, a public, online, up-to-date, knowledge center with the tools, references, and case studies needed for implementing IWRM. The knowledge created by the network is shared at global, regional, national and local levels.
GWP helps countries to connect water resources planning with operations at different scales – from transboundary to local – so that actions are coherent and sustainable. Instead of taking the traditional development approach in which projects are often not connected, GWP works with many stakeholders so that capacity is built in institutions for long-term changes in how water is managed.