IWRM Capacity Building

The GWP IWRM ToolBox is an online database centred around 60 Tools. The Tools are key elements or ways to adopt and implement integrated water resource management (IWRM). The IWRM ToolBox is thus aimed at anyone who is interested in adopting better practices for the management of water or learning more about how to improve water management at local, national, regional or global level.

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Objectives and Expected Results

Training for Academia

The IWRM ToolBox training for academia is designed to explore educational needs and how the IWRM ToolBox can benefit university education and learning processes. The aims of the training include:

  • Sharing information on existing and planned water related courses in universities;
  • Promoting of the IWRM ToolBox in universities for knowledge exchange and capacity building on priority water needs;
  • Establishing the range of courses/dimension related to IWRM that are and are not currently being taught; and
  • Exchanging information, experiences, and recommendations that may be useful for others.

Training for Professionals

Selected professionals have been invited as guests to training in universities. As a result, there are growing demands for IWRM ToolBox training from governmental institutions, NGOs, and water professional sectors.

Scope and Audience

IWRM training for academia is organized in collaboration with universities that are partners to GWP and is demand driven.  

 Since IWRM ToolBox workshops were primarily developed for academia, they initially targeted university lecturers, researchers, and graduate students. As academics are often linked with government institutions, policy makers started to request ToolBox training, including professionals from Ministries of Water as well as environmental protection agencies. In making the selection of candidates, special attention is paid to gender balance, multidisciplinary profiles of trainees, and youth representation. The ToolBox training has introduced IWRM and the need for a holistic management of water for people from an array of professions: lawyer, civil engineer, chemical engineer, forest engineer, agronomic engineer, sanitary engineer, environmental engineer, water resources engineer, geographer, biologist, economist, accountant, administrator, journalist, tourism manager, and environmental scientist.


IWRM ToolBox training has been delivered in collaboration and hosted by several partner universities, most of which are found in developing countries. For example: University of Brazilia, Yerevan State University, University of the West Indies, Hohai University, Changsha University of Science & Technology, German-Kazakh University, and Makerere University.


The IWRM ToolBox capacity building training is delivered in the form of workshop sessions. The workshops consist of presentations and working group sessions on applying IWRM Tools to selected case studies. Workshop facilitators also lead exercises on computers to navigate through the IWRM ToolBox. To ensure high levels of engagement, IWRM training sessions are complemented with serious games on water management (e.g. tragedy of the commons fishing simulator game, concept mapping, etc.).