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  Information - HS43 Instruments for integrated and transboundary water resources management

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The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been widely adopted as the leading concept for sustainable development of water resources. In Europe, IWRM is the key concept underlying the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Although there are few people who disagree with the concept, there are many different approaches and opinions as to how IWRM should be put into practice. In fact, well-documented case material is largely lacking and many societies are struggling with how to implement IWRM in real life situations, both at international, national and regional levels. There is a tension between the advice that water resources management should respect the principle of subsidiarity, with actions taken at the lowest possible level (World Bank) and the need for strategic decision-making at the river basin level. IWRM sometimes requires a centralization of certain coordination functions. This is not only becoming apparent in implementing the WFD, but more clearly so in flood management. The need for coordinated action in local watersheds and at basin scale is also evident in the case of restoring polluted water bodies. Another issue of debate is whether land and water should not be managed more in an integrated fashion. Although this would clearly follow from the definition of IWRM, in practice there are many examples where physical planning and water management are poorly integrated. This session welcomes theoretical approaches as well as case studies that report on approaches and experiences to implement IWRM concepts, including those focussing on developing toolboxes for water management in transboundary catchments. These approaches may include tools for system analysis, integration of knowledge, organizational integration, development of legislative bases, institutional frameworks and implementation incentives from anywhere in the world. These can include countries that are finalizing their IWRM/Water Efficiency plans as agreed during the World Summit of Sustainable Development of 2002. It is very important that tools and instruments presented in this session are interlinked to ensure a holistic view on different aspects of water resources management. Such interdisciplinary approaches will be favoured.

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