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How are IWRM and WASH related, what are the steps already taken and what is still needed for integration?

TitleIntegrated water resources management and WASH
Publication TypeAudiovisual
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBaker, C, Brikke, F
Secondary TitleWASH Talk
Pagination23m 36s
Date Published12/2017
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish

In this episode of WASH Talk, host Andy Narracott speaks with Chris Baker from Wetlands International and François Brikké from Global Water Partnership on how integrated water resources management (IWRM) is affecting WASH services. They talk about the effects of climate change on the availability of water, quantity of water sources and their quality. These effects have a direct influence on ensuring access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene for all. Chris Baker offers the Rwambu catchment project in Uganda as an example of best practice in WASH/IWRM integration using a landscape approach.

Thus, IWRM and WASH need to be brought together. To support this process, the importance of integration at policy and programme level and the need for organisations that can communicate with all sectors to realise integration is discussed. 

On a global level, speakers reflect on the limitations of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Due to their main focus on poverty reduction, IWRM was not included in the goals. Now, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era allows for more dialogue and cooperation by ensuring a call to action and a broader focus for both IWRM and WASH services. Data on progress is collected and monitored by the United Nations Environment Programme and DHI's (UNEP-DHI) Centre for Water and Environment, so that momentum for change is created and sustained.




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