Here are four worthwhile papers examining IWRM - Integrated Water Resources Management. They appeared in a recent special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development (Volume 30, Issue 3). Cecilia Tortajada's paper served as the introductory piece. Neil Grigg and Malin Falkenmark are also well-known in the realm of IWRM and water resources.
Also appearing in that issue was the excellent paper by Mark Giordano and Tushaar Shah, 'From IWRM Back to integrated water resources management', that I posted last January. Be sure to read it. Download it here.
1) IWRM revisited: from concept to implementation, by Cecilia Tortajada
Concepts are the constituents of thoughts. Consequently, they are crucial to such psychological processes as categorization, inference, memory, learning, and decision- making. This much is relatively uncontroversial. But the nature of concepts – the kind of things concepts are – and the constraints that govern a theory of concepts have been the subject of much debate. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that disputes about concepts often reflect deeply opposing approaches to the study of the mind, to language, and even to philosophy itself.
2) Integrated water resources management: unified process or debate forum?, by Neil S. Grigg
The concept of integrated water resources management (IWRM) has stimulated a productive international dialogue, but is criticized as being ambiguous or a tool of the establishment and unresponsive to important needs. However, its broad scope actually enables it to provide a common language, facilitate policy discussions, catalogue management practices, and support education and capacity building. Similar criticisms can be levelled at integrated paradigms in other sectors, and even the process of water management itself. IWRM faces challenges because water policy is often subordinated to policies of other sectors and because of the unique attributes of water.
This article aims to analyze the relationships between water and land. It posits that there is a disconnect between land and water management that needs to be rectified. To address the major challenges the world is facing in terms of feeding itself and securing adequate access to water there is a need to revisit the integrated water resources management (IWRM) paradigm. While IWRM incorporates the link between land and water in theory, it is often ignored in practice. The authors argue that greater visibility of the land – water linkage is needed and would be encouraged by adding an L for land use, making ILWRM: integrated land and water resources management. The natural systems at play are juxtaposed with a discussion of the (water) governance challenges that they pose. Challenges stemming from increased land (and thereby water) acquisitions, as well as the transboundary perspectives of the ILWRM challenge, highlight the need to revisit and evolve our approach to providing water and food security.
“Be wary of a man who urges action in which he himself incurs no risk.” – Joaquin Setanti