Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)

IWRM seeks to achieve water security by addressing issues related to planning and development of water resources in the broadest possible context, including an array of economic, social and ecological characteristics of an area or sector.

The goal of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is to achieve water security – sustainable access to good quality water of adequate quantity to sustain livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development. The IWRM emphasizes careful analysis of policies, strategies and programmes / projects involving other resource areas than water in order to assess the impact they may have on demands imposed upon a city or river basin’s water resources. Land use planning, forestry and agriculture all have huge impacts on water resources management and must be taken into account when developing plans and policies.

NIRAS’ approach to IWRM takes full recognition of the multi-disciplinary tasks involved in IWRM and our consulting and advisory services cover the entire range of disciplines, including transboundary water management and basin management. We work closely with partners in the country or countries involved, and we are strategically geared towards comprehensive natural and social sciences solutions.