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GWP Policy Brief Addresses Integrated Urban Water Management

GWP Global logotype30 August 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released a policy brief, titled 'Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM): Toward Diversification and Sustainability.' The brief defines IUWN and explains the importance of implementing IURM in rapidly-growing towns and cities in order to meet demand and assure adequate supplies across sectors.

The brief includes sections detailing the need for IUWM, discussing the climate challenge, defining IUWM, discussing the economics of IUWM and formulating policy recommendations. The key messages of the brief include that: IUWM calls for aligning urban development with basin management to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental relations along the urban-rural continuum; development, policies and strategies supported by financing strategies, technological development and tools for decision making can facilitate putting IUWM into practice; and developing ‘eco-cities' will enable waste products to be used to meet energy and material needs.

The brief also calls for, inter alia: incorporating climate change outlooks into planning for urban water supply and sanitation services; including informal urban sectors; building institutional capacity to implement IUWM; and employing the ‘polluter pays' principle.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) founded the GWP in 1996 to promote IWRM. [GWP Press Release] [Publication: Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM): Toward Diversification and Sustainability]