Poverty Reduction and IWRM


Title: Poverty Reduction and IWRM

Author(s): Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Publication Date: 2003

Type of Document : Background Papers

Category: Water and Development

Geographic area:

  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Canada
  • United States of America
  • Groënland
  • Mexico




This paper focuses on the implications for poverty reduction of taking an IWRM approach. The paper argues that no strategy for poverty reduction can be effective unless water policies in all their dimensions are brought within it purview, and IWRM is adopted which allows competitions over access and uses to be fairly and transparently moderated. The paper is divided into two main parts. The first part puts forward a strong case for applying IWRM globally and defines the IWRM concept and process. The second part provides additional advice and guidance on how IWRM could be implemented in different conditions.

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