The book includes seventeen excellent researched and documented papers that reflect the diversity of thought, ideas and experiences related to IWRM. They draw from an extensive, inclusive and geographically representative range of theoretical propositions and practical examples. These include the implementation status of the IWRM concept at local, basin, regional and national levels; its appropriateness for the twenty-first century; main implementation gaps from the institutional, legal, policy, governance, management and technical viewpoints; the likelihood that IWRM’s entrenchment in laws, regulations and policies has led to smoother implementation and the reasons why that has been the case; reflexions on whether the attention given to IWRM is pushing other alternatives to the policy periphery; and the new conceptual constructions that can be put forward for discussion in the international arena.
For the development and water communities it is imperative to debate and reach towards more illustrative conclusions regarding whether the promotion of the IWRM concept and its actual implementation status have been beneficial for development and how the notion could evolve to achieve this end. In-depth objective and constructive discussions, arguments, proposals and ideas are put forward for analysis by all interested parties. The book has the objective of fostering scholarly exchange, encouraging intellectual debate and promoting the advancement of knowledge and understanding of IWRM as a concept, as a goal per se and as a strategy towards development goals.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction: IWRM revisited: from concept to implementation 2. From IWRM back to integrated water resources management 3. A new paradigm for water? A comparative review of integrated, adaptive and ecosystem-based water management in the Anthropocene 4. Overcoming the land – water disconnect in water-scarce regions: time for IWRM to go contemporary 5. Integrated water resources management: unified process or debate forum? 6. Can integrated water resource management be of value to business, specifically the oil and gas sector? 7. Integrated water resources management: horizontal and vertical explorations and the ‘water in all policies’ approach 8. IWRM in England: bridging the gap between top-down and bottom-up implementation 9. Integrated water resource management: lessons from conservation authorities in Ontario, Canada 10. Simulation modelling for water governance in basins 11. Too much of a good thing? Building social capital through knowledge transfer and collaborative networks in the southern Philippines 12. Evaluating IWRM implementation success: are water policies in Bangladesh enhancing adaptive capacity to climate change impacts? 13. The politics of IWRM in Southern Africa 14. Moving beyond integrated water resource management: developmental water management in South Africa 15. Legislative and institutional reforms for water resources management in Ghana 16. Assessment of water resources management in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley: environmental conservation and poverty reduction 17. From principles to localized implementation: villagers’ experiences of IWRM in the Shiyang River basin, Northwest China 18. Supporting IWRM through spatial integrated assessment in the Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya
Cecilia Tortajada is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and former President of the International Water Resources Association.