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Steps of Integrated Water Resources Management  

The Global Water Partnership (2009a) developed a Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Basins. The handbook identified sequential steps for basin management, including:

  • Outlining broad policy goals as a vision for water management;
  • Identifying specific water management issues and problems;
  • Evaluating potential solutions to resolve these issues;
  • Implementing the most appropriate strategy(s);
  • Evaluating the outcomes of implementing these strategies; and
  • Integrating the lessons learned from evaluating the outcomes into future work.

The critical stage of this approach is revising future programs and activities based on past experiences in water planning and management, and incorporating new knowledge and information. This conceptual model is demonstrated in the "Learning-by-Doing Management Cycle" below.

Learning-by-doing management cycle.
Source: GWP 2009.
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