Stage 2 - Formulating Reponses

Stage 2 activities assist countries in formulating IWRM responses to water resources management challenges that contribute to advancing SDG 6.5.1 and other broader water-related SDGs that are national priorities

Based on the results of each country’s Stage 1 survey, Stage 2 focuses on formulating appropriate governance responses to strengthen areas that may require further support by designing targeted interventions. This takes the form of an IWRM Action Plan or similar complementary document to the IWRM framework within the country. Key to the success of Stage 2 is the alignment between the proposed IWRM responses and the broader national priorities and SDG landscape, including the climate agenda. Therefore, Stage 2 aims to foster a multi-stakeholder approach in realising multi-sectoral, holistic solutions to water governance challenges, which move the needle on SDG 6.5.1 and other related SDG targets.

The Support Programme is built around the SDG target 6.5 and indicator 6.5.1. As such, the focus of the work is on water governance. However, the overall objective of the Support Programme is to advance IWRM not as an end in itself, but as a means of fostering the water resources management improvements that will result in tangible impacts on broader sustainable development, as seen through progress towards the other SDG 6 targets and broader national water-related goals. Building on defined national processes and priorities will help to ensure that the solutions contribute to meeting existing commitments, increasing resource efficiency and impact. The extent to which the work engages with planning and reporting aspects beyond SDG 6.5.1 is at the discretion of each country, but examples of the type of entry points that the Stage 2 process should synergise with include:

  • Formal existing or planned national water governance-related SDG initiatives (not necessarily limited to SDG 6)
  • Climate-related priorities, as exemplified by the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), inter alia
  • Other national and regional sustainable development frameworks and investment programmes
  • Related socio-economic projects under implementation
  • Ongoing governance reform processes and/or capacity development programmes.

In Stage 2, a country should design its IWRM responses to be both ambitious and realistic, according to the methods and approaches that suit it best. Since each country presents a different set of circumstances, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. If a country has a recently approved national IWRM plan or similar, Stage 2 activities may focus on identifying the appropriate implementation pathway for some aspects of that plan; for example, in fostering multi-stakeholder support to accelerate interventions from that plan that may be quick wins or “low-hanging fruit”. If a country has no national IWRM plan, Stage 2 activities may identify the need to formally establish such a plan, among other interventions which may be included in its Stage 3 implementation. Similarly, if a country has an IWRM plan which is rather out-of-date, the updating of that plan could again be one of the country’s Stage 3 activities.

To view the current status of stage 2 countries, please click here.

The SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme is actively seeking new partners to engage in its activities and increase both the scale and the depth of its support to countries. Please click here for a note on options for engagement in the Support Programme.