What is the Global Water Partnership?
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) was established in 1996 in response to the call during the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro to manage water resources sustainably, in accordance with the Dublin principles, to resolve current and future water crises. The GWP does this through promoting a holistic, participatory and cross-sectoral approach to water management known as integrated water resources management (IWRM).
What GWP means by IWRM The GWP defines integrated water resources management as a process, which promotes the co-ordinated development and management of water, land and related resources, in order to maximise the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital eco-systems.
The GWP works through a decentralized and inter-connected global network of member institutions, called GWP Partners, that are organized on a regional and country basis in Water Partnerships. These Water Partnerships work to help reorient the activities of existing groups and organizations managing or using water resources to adopt and implement IWRM approaches as a means of achieving water security. They do this by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and practice of IWRM among these groups, helping them identify critical knowledge needs at their respective levels, and designing programs for meeting these needs.
The GWP Partners can be government agencies, regional and local government institutions, training and research institutions, companies and organizations in the private and public sectors, civil society including non-governmental organizations, international and professional organizations, and bilateral and multilateral development agencies.
Several groups comprise the GWP network, and facilitate and support its work:
More information you can find on the web-site www.gwpforum.org
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