Kristofer Sandberg Kristofer Sandberg
GWP’S ASSOCIATED PROGRAMMES GWP has established its Associated Programmes to help our regional and national partners develop and implement strategies for more sustainable management of water resources. Although the core activities of each Programme focus on a specific theme, they all promote their services in the context of IWRM.These Programmes are not owned or directed by GWP; rather, they are hosted independently by different organizations. Nevertheless, their services can be accessed through the GWP network. Here is the current portfolio of Associated Programmes: • Capacity building, run by the Capacity Building Network (CapNet); • River basin management, run by the International Network of River Basin Organizations (INBO); • Flood management, run under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); • Groundwater management, run by the Groundwater Management Advisory Team (GW-MATE) of the World Bank; • Gender, run by the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA).
regional partnership’s member countries, Zimbabwe, the ToolBox was used in the development of an IWRM plan for Zimbabwe’s Lower Manyame River basin.This experience has been written up as a case study. A 2004 survey of ToolBox users revealed that the principal users were staff in universities or technical training programmes. Since then, GWP has tried to make the ToolBox more user friendly and give it a stronger problem-solving orientation.This should attract a wider audience, including water policy advisors. Gaps in the thematic content and regional focus of the case studies are also being addressed, in particular through the addition of case studies that illustrate how the tools can help water professionals address the “I” in IWRM.With this in mind, the Malaysia Water Partnership has developed its own version of the ToolBox, transforming the database into a comprehensive electronic documentation system on water issues in Malaysia. Users can submit problem-based questions and scan the database for relevant information. The next phase of ToolBox development will see further adaptation to local needs, including translation into more languages. More content, such as case studies, guidelines and references, will be added, and greater emphasis on a questioning approach will be introduced. Although the ToolBox cannot give all the answers, it can
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