Integrated Water Resources Management Good Practices in Sudan

01 February 2020

The "Adapt for Environment and Climate Resilience in Sudan" (or simply “ADAPT!”) project aims to integrate environmental management, governance and climateresilience best practices into a humanitarian and development programme to help the people of Sudan cope with environmental stress and climate change.

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is “a process that promotes coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources, in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.” The overall objective of the IWRM theme in ADAPT! is to enhance the management, control and use of water resources in a sustainable manner.

This document is designed to collate information around Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) best practices and Sudanese case studies. It will form a baseline that can be used to inform project design and advocate for the up-scaling of IWRM implementation in humanitarian and development programme delivery in Sudan. Although the IWRM concept has been used globally for several years and is accepted as a good practice, its implementation could be further improved, especially in developing countries such as Sudan.

Six case studies have been selected and documented as good practices in IWRM to create a baseline that can be used to advocate the up-scaling of IWRM implementation and provide lessons for others to map out their own IWRM strategy. The case studies are based on the diagnostic criteria of: environmental, economic and social sustainability; gender sensitivity; technical feasibility; participation; scaling up; vertical and horizontal coordination; integration; replicability and adaptability; and reduction of disaster/crisis risks.

ADAPT! is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by UNEP in partnership with the Government of Sudan.