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Keys for Success with integrated water resources management

Brisbane-based International WaterCentre’s Dr Peter Oliver and SEQWater’s James Udy were commissioned by the Network of Asian River Basin Organisations (NARBO) to deliver a training workshop based on the Vu Gia -Thu Bon river basin in Viet Nam during February 2009.
Keys for Success with integrated water resources management

Participants from the 5th NARBO IWRM training Keys for Success with IWRM on a field trip on Cham Island, Central Viet Nam.

The need to continually plan, do, reflect and evaluate underlies the Keys for Success with integrated water resources management devised by a group of river basin organisation staff in this eight day training workshop.

‘The Vu Gia-Thu Bon river basin was chosen as the location,’ said International WaterCentre senior lecturer, Dr Oliver, ‘because of the great examples it offers us to use for case studies.

We looked at such facets as hydropower, conservation of river basins, water quality and coastal management, among others.’

A field trip to Cham Island, Central Viet Nam, highlighted the importance of integrating the management of water resources. ‘Whatever happens in the mainland catchment areas,’ said Dr Oliver, ‘has an impact on the health of the coastal zones – fishing villages, tourism, etc. It’s vital that we consider the water cycle as a whole.’

The training program was designed for people who are active in river basin organisations, including participants, facilitators, government policy staff, research scientists and staff from organisations who fund RBO activities.

The training is presented through presentations from internationally recognised experts in IWRM and associated issues from Asia, field study visits of the Vu Gia-Thu Bon River Basin supported by local IWRM practitioners, small and whole group discussions and participant presentations.

The program uses a participatory, trans-disciplinary approach to develop the capacity of participants in understanding and implementing IWRM in their respective river basins.

Among the Keys to Success developed by the training participants were: leadership and support, legal, planning and budget considerations, institutional and gender and minority factors, participation awareness, transparency of process, capacity building, and monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement.

The International WaterCentre provides tailored education and training programs that can be designed specifically for clients’ needs, are flexible and reflect trans-disciplinary, whole-of-water cycle approach to water management around the world.

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