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Background

The LoGo Water project was carried out to strengthen IWRM at the local level. The project's outputs were designed to assist local governments in the adoption of IWRM and thus contribute to the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals.

 

Local governments and access to water

Access to clean water as the basis for all life is a human right. By taking part in Integrated Water Resources Management, local governments can contribute to securing clean water for the inhabitants of their district, city, town, or village without compromising the availability of clean water in other areas of their river basin.

 

The benefits of IWRM

IWRM allows efficiency in economic and social development while promoting and safeguarding equity and the viability of a river’s eco-system services on a long-term basis. This is possible by managing and satisfying the demands of different local and regional water users in a coordinated way.

 

Local governments as key actors in IWRM at local level

Local governments are best positioned to ensure access to clean water for the members of their own communities. They are close to the situation of their local water users and can best understand their needs. When building on an effective participation process, they are also the most suitable actors for identifying and implementing targeted solutions.

 

Local governments in IWRM at regional level

It is equally crucial that local governments have a stake at IWRM at regional level where decisions are made and activities are implemented which are likely to affect their local situation. In this way, local governments will be enabled to make the transition to ‘thinking regionally’, when ‘acting locally’.






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