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IOWater is involved in finding IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) solutions adapted to the most diverse institutional contexts, on all continents, especially in transboundary areas
IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) has been at the core of IOWater activities for 20 years. The French experience developed about Water Agencies and Basin Committees, was initially used as a basis for disseminating this know-how. The European Water Framework Directive (WFD - 2000) confirmed the relevance of this approach, the principles of which are applied far beyond European borders.
 
Implementation of IWRM requires defining: a suitable institutional and legal arrangement (regulation, administrative organization, and partnership agreements), management and action plans are developed with a participatory approach, specific financing, control / monitoring of the environments, harmonized information systems and sharing of information and data management, ...
 
IOWater and its experts are involved on different geographical scales (national and international river basins, sub-basins, basin-islands, ...) to propose solutions adapted to the most diverse institutional contexts, on all continents, especially in transboundary areas.
 
IOWater is also taking care of the Permanent Technical Secretariat of INBO (International Network of Basin Organizations), which was established in 1994 to promote IWRM in river basins through exchange of experience among its members. INBO currently has 188 member organizations from 68 countries.