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Water Governance

National Integrated Water Resources Management Planning
“Water is Everybody’s Business, from Cabinet to Community”

Water bodies span large geographic areas and connect many different sectors of society. An overarching national planning process for agreeing how a country’s water resources should be managed, and how to coordinate management initiatives is a vital to ensure water gets to those who need it.

The IWRM planning programme supports member countries develop governance structures that ensure that water management is inclusive and takes into account of the needs of all users. This includes the development, promotion and implementation of appropriate policy, planning, regulatory frameworks and community awareness.

The Regional IWRM Resource Centre manages information and facilitates knowledge exchange between national and regional stakeholders, partner organisations, and other international water programmes. The Centre collects and provides resources to assist government and other actors with the information they need to implement IWRM processes and develop partnerships with other interested actors.

Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management Coordination Unit
“From Vision to Action”

The Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management is a voluntary partnership of water and wastewater stakeholders with a common goal of achieving sustainable water and wastewater management in Pacific Island Countries. The Coordination Unit of the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management core functions are to:

a) Produce quarterly newsletters that cover Pacific News; Actions; Publications; Multimedia; Websites; and Water Agendas;

b) Develop and maintain the Pacific Water Action Matrix; and

c) Develop and maintain a database of member partners contact details.

The use of the partnership is a unique model for regional project implementation and members of the partnership are playing active roles either through participation in national activities or regional support programmes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:34  


Newsflash

This year Kiribati, one of the least developed countries in the world, finalised maritime boundaries with the United States of America.

The successful outcome, in September, was the result of the work that the Pacific Island country, along with 12 others, undertook at the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.

The latest session is currently underway at the University and ends on 6 December.

"Technical and legal personnel from thesePacific Islandcountries have been coming to the University of Sydney for the last six years to secure rights to their marine spaces," said Professor Elaine Baker from the University's School of Geosciences, which hosts the meetings.

"Global interest in marine resources, including fisheries and seabed minerals, and the threat of climate change and sea level rise, has spurred Pacific Island countries to settle their maritime boundaries."

The Cook Islands, for example, has valuable deposits of seabed minerals, many of which are essential to new technologies such as renewable energy and communications equipment. In order for the Cook Islands to capitalise on these resources, they require sound governance frameworks and jurisdictional boundaries.