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Seminar on IWRM

 Water crisis or water management crisis?
٤۱st Annual Meeting of Islamic Development Bank Group, Jakarta, Indonesia
مايو ٤ ۲۰۱٦

The past and current water management practices in the world have caused negative externalities, which have resulted in a rising opportunity cost of water to unsustainable levels.‎ As the competing demand for scarce water resources increases, new sources of water need to be secured, often at a greater cost with greater ecological and social consequences.‎ Efficient and optimum use of scarce water resources, as well as efficient management, remain at the heart of sustainable development and environmental protection.‎ Poor water management practices lead to poor water productivity, depletion of aquifers and pollution of water bodies.‎ Artificially low water prices fail to encourage conservation and efficiency, and allow wasteful practices and inefficient operations to continue.‎

The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) emerged at the United Nations Water Conference in 1977.‎ The governments started committing to using the IWRM approach by developing IWRM, water efficiency plans and corresponding implementation frameworks.‎ By 2012, more than 80% of the countries had made good progress towards meeting this target and developing plans.‎ However, the implementation of these plans remains a challenge.‎ The question that this seminar is posing is: How best the IWRM  approach can address the water crisis as well as the water management crisis?‎

The objectives of the seminar are:

  • Understanding, sharing and raising awareness of the IWRM concept and principles vis-à-vis the energy-food-water nexus concept;‎
  • Sharing the best practices/key success factors in the areas of development and implementation of the IWRM plan;‎
  • Experience in the water sector and lessons learned to channel investments;‎
  • Lessons learned for the IWRM plan development and implementation and its potential replication in IsDB member countries.‎
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