Output 1. IWRM water policy and strategy development facilitated at relevant levels. Here, the GWP will help facilitate the transformation of IWRM principles into mainstream regional and national water policies.The GWP will work with regions and countries in the process of their water reforms by facilitating the necessary multi-stakeholder processes, while encouraging policy development within the IWRM framework of equity, efficiency and sustainability. Helping countries prepare their IWRM and water efficiency plans, as called for by the WSSD, lies at the heart of this output. Output 2. IWRM programs and tools developed in response to regional and country needs. Building on its earlier work, the GWP will consolidate its position as an international network that supports the use of IWRM programs and tools in the day-to-day practice of water resources management. It will do this by further developing its IWRM programs and tools based on the policy decisions and strategy needs of the regions and countries in which it works. At all levels, knowledge management, awareness-raising and capacity-building will constitute the cornerstone of these tools and programs.The IWRM ToolBox with its database of practical case studies and the GWP’s Associated Programmes – on capacity-building, gender and water, groundwater management, water basin management, floods and others – are becoming increasingly important integrating components. Output 3. Linkages between the GWP and other frameworks, sectors and issues ensured. The management of water cannot be undertaken in isolation from demographic development, poverty, employment, trade, economic growth, health and other resource
A key GWP activity is to build partnerships around the world where stakeholders at global and local levels can meet.
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A START HAS BEEN MADE In just seven years, the GWP has established a global network and made a significant contribution to political-level recognition of the need for IWRM.The partnership has facilitated policy reform and legislation change in the governance and management of water in several countries.There is broad recognition of the value of the neutral multi-stakeholder platform that the GWP provides both internationally and at a local level. An important beginning, but a long road lies ahead and there is no room for complacency.
Global Water Partnership Annual Report