What is ToolBox?

The IWRM ToolBox is a free and open database with a library of background papers, policy briefs, technical briefs and perspective papers as well as huge sections of case studies and references in each tool. 

These are all available for use by anyone who is interested in implementing better approaches for the management of water or learning more about improving water management at a local, national, regional or global level.

The ToolBox is also an excellent place for you to engage with a broader community of interested practitioners and professionals around the world and to share your experiences. We hope that the ToolBox will increase your knowledge, improve your network of contacts, and help you in implementing ideas and solutions for water related problems.

Tools: individual policies and guidelines on IWRM

There are altogether 59 different tools carefully elaborated in the IWRM ToolBox. The ToolBox is organised in a hierachial manner with each tool embedded in the wider perspective of IWRM. The characteristics of each tool are described in the IWRM ToolBox so as to allow the user to select a suitable mix and sequence of tools that would work in a given country, context and situation. The problems faced by water managers are many and diverse, as are the political, social and economic conditions, so no blueprint for the application of IWRM can be given.

Cases: examples of practical implementation of IWRM

The Tools are illustrated by real cases which are submitted by practitioners and professionals from all over the world and offer realistic lessons for others by giving examples of how a tool has worked in a given situation and context. Case studies are peer reviewed by the GWP knowledge management team. Cases are at varying levels of detail and include references to sources of further information.

References: supporting material and background information on IWRM

Furthermore, all the Tools and Cases are linked to reference materials. These range from policy papers, training manuals, articles, briefing notes to results of research projects, and summaries of assistance programs. They also contain full documents or refer to external links and web sites of organizations working in the area of IWRM.

Critical Challenges

This introductory section seeks to provide a brief overview of the critical challenges that hamper human development. The challenges are grouped into five areas but of course there are other possible categorizations and approaches to the critical challenges. The section also provides some background on the scale and nature of each critical challenge and considers why more attention needs to be paid for effective interventions. It further draws some of the key knowledge resources needed to better understand and to provide the solutions for tackling and addressing these challenges.

IWRM plans

GWP was created to foster IWRM with the aim to ensure the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources by maximising economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of vital environmental systems. In response to the requirement of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, a number of countries have developed IWRM and water efficiency plans and roadmaps based on each country's priorities and strategic actions. All these plans, policies and water laws are collected in this section. 

Posted: 2013-07-17

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