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.
There is a dynamic relationship between basin stakeholders and central governments who have to work together to ensure the meeting of sustainable development goals. To support this, GWP and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) produced a Handbook on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at river, lake and aquifer basin levels, based on concrete worldwide experiences.
Written primarily for basin managers and government officials who need to take decisions related to water management, the content can be applied regardless of the context (developed or developing countries, humid or arid conditions). This practical guide shares lessons across countries and regions.The handbook was launched at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul (March 2009).
In 2012, the GWP/INBO "Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in the Basins of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers" was launched at the World Water Forum in Marseille.
More than half of the world population daily lives in the basins of 276 transboundary rivers and lakes or nearly 300 aquifers. Cooperation among the riparian countries to better manage water resources and the environments in these basins, in the interest of all users and all sectors, is becoming imperative as the pressure on water resources is increasing because of the global changes which are intensifying.
The integrated approach to water resources management that many countries now have introduced in their national policy appears as the basis for improved management of transboundary basins.