International Network of Basin Organizations

The main goal of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) is to upgrade and support the development of organizational initiatives for IWRM in river basins/lake basins/aquifer level.

The four main outputs are:

  • direct cooperation established between existing, future or pilot water basin organisations through twinning agreements;
  • mobilisation within existing basin organisations of professional support capacities to facilitate the development of new basin organisations and the debate on their management options;
  • a synthesis of available knowledge and know-how, of best practices, preparation of recommendations or guidelines and drawing-up of training modules;
  • the networking of water documentation systems to share and provide access to useful institutional, legal, economic and technical information at the international level.


IWRM-NET aims to implement new research activities at the national and regional levels related to IWRM with a focus on the EU Water Framework Directive. IWRM-NET is open to new research programme managers working at national or regional level and dealing with Integrated Water Resource Management issues. Seventeen partners are currently involved for the time being of IWRM-NET from 2006 to 2010 and share the common objective to implement new trans-national and trans-regional research activities related to theIWRM. The partnership will be open to new programme managers after 3 years; meanwhile a status of observers will allow new research programme managers to participate to the different IWRM-NET events.

INBO themes

Other information and documents of INBO by countries or by themes are available at

INBO/GWP Handbook I

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) have decided to produce a joint handbook on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at river, lake and aquifer basin levels, based on concrete worldwide experiences. The overall purpose of the handbook is to provide a practical guide to practitioners for the application of IWRM principles and practices at the river basin, lake and aquifer level. The handbook for practitioners will provide practical advice and guidance on a variety of practical issues that arise in the context of basin management, including legal conditions, institutional arrangements, data and information, strategic planning, financial issues, performance indicators, capacity development, and participation mechanisms. The handbook was launched at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul (March 2009).

English version (2MB); French version (2MB); Russian version (2MB); Spanish version (2MB); Mongolian version (2MB)

INBO/GWP Handbook II

The experience gained under existing transboundary cooperation agreements for many transboundary basins, allow today saying that Integrated Water Resources Management works well on the basin-scale of transboundary rivers when there is a real willingness of the stakeholders concerned. How then to move from theory to practice to implement transboundary cooperation on water? How can you possibly establish an effective and lasting transboundary basin organization? To support this process, INBO, GWP together with other knoweldge partners (UNECE, UNESCO, GEF, EVREN and AFD) have worked together to produce this book presented at the World Water Forum in Marseilles (March 2012).

English version (2MB); French version (2MB); Spanish (2MB); Russian (2MB)

Posted: 2013-08-28

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