Because Great Rivers are so vital for our well-being, we are demanding more and more from them. This challenges managers to find more effective and lasting solutions to the inherent conflicts and trade-offs.
The Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) process holds great potential for developing collaborative, system-wide approaches as a way to meet this challenge. While the process explicitly calls for the inclusion of fundamental environmental protection as part of the solution, this has not typically been the case in the past.
GRP partners, including the Global Network, bring distinct capabilities to help advance IRBM that fully incorporate environmental sustainability. As a leader in this effort, The Nature Conservancy has strong relationships and diverse partnerships throughout the public and private sectors, a 60-year record of delivering pragmatic results on the ground, and a global reach.
Building on these strengths, the GRP is well positioned to achieve its mission.
The GRP promotes three tightly linked strategies to deliver results:
Support multi-stakeholder partnerships at the basin level, where key actors come together to define goals, commit resources, develop opportunities and influence major decisions.
Download a PDF of the GRP strategy graphic above.
Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) is the collaborative process of integrating the conservation, management and
development of water, land and related resources across sectors within a given
river basin. The purpose is to improve economic and social benefits derived
from water resources in an equitable manner while preserving and, where
necessary, restoring freshwater ecosystems.
Adapted from Integrated Water
Resources Management, Global Water Partnership Technical Advisory Committee
Background Papers, No. 4, 2000.