Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) the practical way – using IWRM as tool for sustainable development
– Unpacking IWRM
– IWRM in practice – some case studies from IAS experience
– Outlook – trends/opportunities/challenges
– Questions and answers
The seminar will be facilitated by Mr. Sahnon Abbass, IAS global IWRM Focal Point, and will be an excellent opportunity to, in an informal setting, engage in a dialogue around critical water related challenges facing our sector.
The seminar is only for invited guests.
Abstract/background to the seminar
This year marks our 25th year of existence as an organization. Today we have in-country registrations in 10 countries in the regions of SAHEL, East Africa and Horn of Africa. Water (and hygiene/sanitation) has been the backbone of our programming and will continue to be our main focus of engagement in the years ahead. Some reasons for this are: Water is a fundamental human right,; water is considered as one of the most pressing global needs; water is a continuous source of tension/conflict, but most importantly; water is one of the key drivers for sustained health and economic development. In order to continue to improve in this regard we took the strategic decision 7 years ago to adopt an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to water programming.
IWRM is usually considered as a higher level policy and longer term development approach. However, our aim is to make that approach attainable and practical. Our approach is therefore a field-based and project based way of dealing with IWRM. We use IWRM in both humanitarian and development programming and see it as a perfect fit for resilience and a way to bridge the gap between the two.
This week we are honoured to have Mr. Sahnon Abbass in Sweden. He has a strong background in geology, development studies, environmental planning and other water related fields and is serving as our global IWRM Focal Point. Based in Sudan he is now providing support to our various countries of operation on all IWRM related issues. He is currently finishing an updated version of our IWRM Manual and some of the findings will be presented in this seminar.