Our experience in the past 20 years has shown that implementing IWRM principles is very challenging. To date, large number of stakeholders are still managing water in silos, resulting in duplication and conflict between actions. Thus, difficult to perceive the need for investment and to develop action plans at different levels of government.
According to SDG 6.5.1 IWRM monitoring results in Asia-Pacific, it is projected that by only relying on a business-as-usual approach, most countries are not likely to reach the 2030 target. Thus, accelerating the implementation of IWRM, with cross-sectoral coordination to increase and ensure a more efficient use of financing and sustainable and equitable outcomes, must now be the focus. To address sectoral and fragmented management of water resources, coordination gaps, and persisting difficulties in inclusive participation, one of the suggested action is by developing a shared open platform that allows for regular updates on IWRM actions, accessible by all (GWP and UNEP-DHI, 2021).
The absence of an instrument or platform that enables us to snapshot the present situation, or allowing engagement and coordination mechanism that promote actions and investments alignment, is considered as the main problem in implementing IWRM to achieve a water secure world by 2030.
The Integrated Water Security Open Program (IWSOP), an online platform and support facility, aims to mobilize action and activity in support of achieving water security goals and the implementation of IWRM (SDG) principles through the provision of a space for sharing of knowledge and expertise among different actors that engage in multi-stakeholder water resources management, and the development of human and financial capacity enabling real-time sharing of information, alignment of efforts, periodic updates of contribution and the establishment of a strategic and integrated approach for action and investment in the water sector leading to socioeconomic and environmental benefits in the region through increased investment in appropriate infrastructure, empowerment of marginalized or vulnerable groups, and more sustainable use of resources.
To learn more about the program, please check the brochure in the link provided in the background material.
The regional workshop was held on 14 September 2022 with the objectives:
- Introduce Integrated Water Security Open Program
- Seek inputs to further improve the design of Action Mapping and Alignment Platform (Component 1)
- Seek support from stakeholders in registering their actions in Action Mapping and Alignment Platform of Open Program
- Mobilize resources
- Seek endorsement and or expression of interest (EoI) from governments
Learn more about the Regional Workshop through this link.
testimony from the country and regional leaders: