As part of its assistance to the Partner Countries (PCs) towards developing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plans and strategies SWIM-SM organized on 10-11 September 2012 a training involving 23 participants from 8 SWIM PCs, mainly middle level government managers from the water, wastewater, environment and agriculture sectors. The trainingwas organized in synergy with Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP).
The different topics related to IWRM planning were covered as follows:
- IWRM planning & current status in SWIM PCs
- Action Plans & ways to overcome challenges and constraints in planning and implementing IWRM Strategies
- Water Governance for better IWRM Planning and Implementation
- The Economics of IWRM
- Management Instruments for operationalizing IWRM approaches
- Management approaches towards IWRM
The specific objective was to introduce mainstreaming and participation as basic measures in planning and implementing IWRM and focused on the following:
1‐ Best practices and success stories from countries of the region, with emphasis on reasons behind success and achievement of target objectives,
2‐ Main constraints and challenges hindering proper planning and failure in implementing sustainable water resources management within IWRM context,
3‐ Common gaps encountered in PCs and the appropriate measures to bridge them,
4‐ Available opportunities and means to improve these prospects for the advancement of water resources planning and management.
The training complements other efforts already undertaken by SWIM-SM in this direction, and specifically:
- a Regional Review of National Water Plans and/or Strategies, realised with the view of suggesting a series of policy options for further actions towards advancing with the implementation of IWRM approaches and mainstreaming water resources management in other sectors and;
- a regional workshop to review the country briefs and agree on actions to be addressed at the policy level by the project.