Under this theme, we look at the interface between Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services delivery and integrated water resources management (IWRM), particularly at the local level. Two entry points are taken: 1) ensuring access of the poor to an equitable share of water resources at catchment level, and 2) the promotion of water and sanitation for multiple uses at household level, to support people's livelihoods.
Various IRC specialists co-authored three peer-reviewed articles around multiple-use water services and 'light' integrated water management in the recently launched open access online journal Water Alternatives, which is published three times per year. Its February 2010 issue (Volume 3 | Issue 1) carried a Themed Section: Local Approaches to IWRM, Guest editors: John Butterworth and Jeroen Warner.
Although many practictioners and organisations in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector regard IWRM as something far removed from their day to day reality of work, water resources management issues are increasingly affecting WASH services, locally.This factsheet explains some of the linkages between WASH and IWRM. It introduces IRC's approach to working on this interface, showing a range of methods and tools, used for that.
Factsheet Local IWRM-2008.pdf (350.9 kB)
The attached note is the extended summary with the main findings and recommendations of a one-year project that investigated practical means of improving water governance in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This project, which was supported by DFID, was undertaken by IIT (Delhi) and IRC working in partnership with AP's Department of Rural Development. The five components of the project are:
- Legislation that has the potential to support improved water governance;
- An overall framework for improving water goverrnance;
- A water governance toolkit;
- Basin scale modeling as integral part of improved water governance;
- A water resource assessment in eight sample villages in Nizambad District
APWaterGovernanceFrameworkv3.pdf (932.9 kB)
Climate change, and its potential impacts, is making headlines worldwide. But, will climate change also pose new or additional challenges to the WASH sector? Or, will increased investments in climate change adaptation be an opportunity for strengthening sustainability of WASH services? IRC is getting involved in this discussion and documents relevant to this topic will be published in this folder.
IRC's work in this theme aims to ensure access by the poor to an equitable share of water resources in IWRM processes. Our main focus is on developing planning methods to ensure such access and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues around it. This folder contains publications and project experiences with these approaches.
The multiple-use services (mus) approach is an approach which aims to meet people's water needs for both domestic and productive purposes in an integrated manner.