Policy recommendations for improved cooperation in IWRM

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The picture shows the six published STEER policy briefs for more coordination and cooperation to achieve the goals of integrated water resource management
The recommendations for the case studies of the STEER project were published in the documents “Analyses and Statements” and “Briefing Paper” by the German Development Institute.

The recommendations of the STEER research project are intended to help solve complex resource problems. They deal with water pollution from agriculture (DE) or mining (Mongolia), water scarcity (Spain, Iran), natural river reconstruction (DE) and the involvement of non-governmental actors (SA).

The STEER research project developed solutions for coping with complex water resource problems in selected regions. One focus was how innovative forms of cooperation and coordination can improve the cross-sector governance of water resources in order to better achieve the goals of integrated water management.

Central to the STEER activities was the application of a diagnostic approach; this made it possible to investigate the interaction of elements of the water governance and management system as well as the social and ecological context. In this way, the project can help determine the cause of complex water resource problems – and identify potential solutions. The project involved six in-depth case studies with partners from the following locations and with the following priorities:

  • Emscher (Germany): river reconstruction and renaturation
  • Guadalquivir (Spain): reduction of agricultural water consumption
  • Kharaa-Yeroo (Mongolia): reduction of mining-related contamination of water resources
  • uMngeni (South Africa): dual (traditional and western) governance of land and water resources
  • Weser-Ems (Germany): management of the water-energy-food nexus to reduce diffuse groundwater pollution
  • Zayandeh Rud (Iran): interregional competition for scarce water resources

Based on the case studies, recommendations for improving cooperation and coordination in the in-depth case studies were developed. They are transferable to similar contexts. The recommendations appeared in the publications “Briefing Paper” (in English) and “Analyses and Statements” (in German) of the German Development Institute.

Water resource: Drinking water, Groundwater, Surface water, Wastewater
Type of product:
  • Management concepts & assessments
TRL: 6
    TRL (Technology Readiness Level)
  • TRL 1 - Basic principles observed
  • TRL 2 - Technology concept formulated
  • TRL 3 - Experimental proof of concept
  • TRL 4 - Technology validated in lab
  • TRL 5 - Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 6 - Technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 7 - System prototype demonstration in operational environment
  • TRL 8 - System complete and qualified
  • TRL 9 - Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space)
Application sector: Agriculture, Cities and municipalities, Industry, Natural water environment, Water resource management
Funding measure: GRoW
Project: STEER

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  • Barbarastr. 12,
  • 49076 Osnabrück
https://www.usf.uni-osnabrueck.de/forschung/ressourcenmanagement.html
Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
Ecologic Institute gGmbH,
Berlin
Universität Kassel - Fachgebiet Internationale Agrarpolitik und Umweltgovernance

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