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Integrated water management

Integrated approach

At IWC we consider the social, environmental and economic impacts of water-related decisions by integrating community, scientific, engineering, economic, legal, health and political perspectives.

We focus on the themes of Integrated water management, Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Healthy river basins and Sustainable urban communities to develop Leadership and best practice in water management.

Integrated water management

Integrated water management (IWM) is ‘a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems’. (GWP-TAC 2000).

The competing demands on water require many trade-offs in complex and challenging contexts. Integrated water resources management aims to provide a holistic approach whereby all social, economic and biophysical aspects of decisions are considered.

Through the Australian Water Research Facility, the IWC led a research project on IWM for catchment management in Pacific Island Countries, specifically the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Read more about IWC's role and services in Integrated water management.


See IWC Integrated water management publications



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