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Seeing the big picture

Water scarcity, competition between users, contamination, pollution, flooding. In many parts of the world, WASH services are already being impacted by these challenges and climate change will only make matters worse. For water and sanitation services to be sustainable, long-term planning needs to look at the bigger picture of water resources, in other words integrated water resources management (IWRM). Integrated water resources management is an approach to development and management of water that also considers land and other natural resources and the multiple users of water, including ecosystems. 

Tools & guidance

IRC's work to ensure sustainable water resources is wide-ranging. It includes:


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