Principles of Integrated Water Resources Management

March 26, 2012 — 951 views  
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Though it can sometimes be taken for granted, water is a limited resource that must be carefully used and allocated. In recent years, many government institutions all over the world - in addition to private sector businesses and organizations - have adopted a method classified as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as a response.

IWRM is defined by the Global Water Partnership (GWP), an international nonprofit organization that is a major promoter of the system, as the management of water and related resources in a way most beneficial to society, the economy and nature. Key principles state that water is an essential resource for countless purposes, and as such must be managed with an equal eye for supply and demand, with the full involvement of community members and governments.

Organizations looking to implement the ideals of IWRM in their regular operations must take a number of factors into account. Policies made that involve water should be cognizant of how water use will affect not only the organization but also the local community and the environment. Water-focused regulations must also be devised to either fall in line with or not conflict with national water goals.

Groups such as the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) conduct scientific research to further the core tenets of IWRM for the betterment of society as a whole.