How to Finance Water Resources Management

Posted: 2012-07-31

The cost of managing water resources to reach social, economic and environmental goals is increasing due to increased demands from urbanisation, population growth and climatic threats – to name but some of the future challenges.

Financing the sustainable management of water resources is thus a major and increasing challenge but is poorly understood. Financing is not only needed for infrastructure and services, but also for the integrating function; such as governance, regulation, monitoring, training and capacity building.

The EUWI Finance Working Group together with other partners including GWP, OECD, and UNEP-DHI have been looking at this topic and prepared various papers and think pieces. The work aims to raise awareness of this issue and to stimulate discussion among water policy-makers and managers in developing countries, as well as officials in development cooperation agencies. It is hoped that the information contained in these reports will encourage a more coherent approach to financing WRM.

  • Unlocking finance for water security (2012) Read online
  • Small scale financing for water and sanitation (EUWI-FWG / SHARE, 2012) Read online
  • Financing of water resources management - Experiences from sub-Saharan Africa (2012) Read online
  • Pricing water resources to finance their sustainable management - A think-piece for the EUWI Finance Working Group (2012) Read online
  • Financing for Water and Sanitation - A Primer for Practitioners and
    Students in Developing Countries
    (2011) Read online
  • Strategic Financial Planning for Water Supply and Sanitation in Africa (2010) Read online
  •  Planification financière stratégique pour l’alimentation en eau et l’assainissement en Afrique (2010) Read online

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