Integrated Water Resources Management: Evolution, Prospects and Future Challenges

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2005

7 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2014

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Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman

Helsinki University of Technology, Water Resources Laboratory

Olli Varis

Helsinki University of Technology - Water Resources Laboratory

Date Written: April 12, 2005

Abstract

This paper analyzes the evolution of the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at international conferences over the past three decades and addresses the prospects of IWRM in resolving the current water crisis. It also identifies seven crucial challenges to implementing IWRM. Our rivers and aquifers are the life-blood of the planet. To achieve sustainable development, we must manage our most vital natural resource, water, in an integrated manner, or precisely through Integrated Water Resources Management. Since water is fundamental to many aspects of life, and to the surrounding natural environment, there is a need not only to review IWRM’s evolution in the last three decades, but also to identify future challenges to its implementation.

Keywords: Water resources, water management, sustainable development, conferences, international agreements, rivers, world problems, developing countries, water conservation

Suggested Citation

Rahaman, Muhammad Mizanur and Varis, Olli, Integrated Water Resources Management: Evolution, Prospects and Future Challenges (April 12, 2005). Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2384886

Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman (Contact Author)

Helsinki University of Technology, Water Resources Laboratory ( email )

P.O. Box 5200
Espoo, 02015
Finland

Olli Varis

Helsinki University of Technology - Water Resources Laboratory ( email )

P.O. Box 5200
Espoo, 02015
Finland

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