IWRM Capacity Building

GWP offers an IWRM Capacity Building Programme for professionals working in the field of water and environmental resources management. Our IWRM training is a two-day workshop facilitated by our team of technical experts from the GWP network. The IWRM Training Programme is built on the GWP Toolbox – IWRM Action Hub and is composed of four modules: (1) IWRM Theory; (2) IWRM Assessment and Data; (3) IWRM Tools and (4) IWRM Knowledge Management.

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About GWP’s IWRM Training

GWP supports mandated institutions in designing and implementing water-related policies, legislation, action plans, strategies, and programmes based on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). GWP offers IWRM technical capacity building activities for officials and technical experts working in the field of water and environmental resources management (e.g., professionals working with river basin organisations, catchment agencies, national, and provincial/state governments). 

Our IWRM training programme is built on the GWP Toolbox – IWRM Action Hub, an online knowledge sharing platform that supports water professionals with IWRM knowledge, data, and decisions support systems. The GWP Toolbox offers 86 tools, 220 case studies, and 2000+ resources, making it the most comprehensive knowledge repository on IWRM available. The ToolBox additionally offers an assessment and diagnostic instrument called the IWRM Survey, which helps users identify key IWRM challenges in their country and get a list of tailored recommended solutions based on these needs.   

IWRM Training Modules

Our IWRM training consists of four core modules which can be delivered in English, French, Spanish, and Russian. The length of the training is two full days and the preferred modality is in-person training. Additional modules can be added, and the training can be lengthened, depending on the target audience and local needs for thematic capacity building. Here is a brief description of the core modules of our IWRM Training Programme:

Module 1 – IWRM Theory and Principles: In this introductory module we cover the basic definitions related to IWRM and discuss how to view a water governance system from an IWRM perspective. This module provides a detailed description of the IWRM principles and pillars and discusses the interlinkages between IWRM and other water governance frameworks (e.g., OECD Principles on Water Governance, SIWI’s Water Governance Framework for Water Professionals, etc.).

Module 2 – IWRM Assessment Methodology and Data Portal: This module details the assessment methodology that was developed by the UN under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 6.5.1 on the degree of IWRM implementation. Participants are guided through the questionnaire for calculating the SDG 6.5.1. indicator before testing the methodology themselves by filling in the IWRM Survey in small groups. This module also guides participants on how to navigate the IWRM Data Portal.

Module 3 – IWRM Tools: In this module participants explore the array of IWRM Tools through a series of participatory and problem-based exercises. For instance, participants will be trained on socio-hydrological modelling techniques supporting IWRM interventions, including how to develop their own system dynamic models using Vensim® Software. This module also includes a role-play scenario where participants are asked to identify Tools to solve specific water challenges and to develop a joint IWRM Action plan using concepts and notions from the Tools.

Module 4 – IWRM & Knowledge Management: In this module participants will be guided to reflect on their own interventions and learn from others through a learning loop cycle. Drawing from our rich collection of case studies, participants will compare experience and identify patterns of successful IWRM interventions. This module also covers training on the steps and conditions needed to set up effective communities of practice and learning alliances.     


Interested in our IWRM training? Contact us at gwptoolbox@gwp.org.