News.Feb 06, 2017

World’s first manual on Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM

The first-of-its-kind manual brings together two fields that have historically remained separate. The Human Rights-Based Approach provides a suitable lens for the work towards the 2030 Agenda with its vision to “seek to realize the human rights of all.”

The manual, launched by the UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at SIWI, Cap-Net, Redica and WaterLex, brings together two fields that, until recently, have been separate: human rights and integrated water resources management (IWRM). The union of these two fields is a natural one, as water-management practitioners and human rights professionals have become increasingly aware of the importance of water in key human rights domains, such as the right to life, the right to health, the right to food and the right to a healthy environment.

The manual provides a primer on IWRM, the Human Rights Based Approach and the principles of water governance, ensuring readers, whether they come from a water management or human rights background, have the knowledge base to be successful. Moving beyond just being a tool for reference, the manual expands into the realities of implementation and includes a facilitator’s guide.

Facilitator’s Guide:

Unique to this manual is a guide for facilitators of training courses/workshops in the Human Rights Based Approach to IWRM. The Facilitator’s Guide identifies and develops tools that will increase participant inclusion, promote knowledge dissemination and provide useful experiences to support the learning and development of both workshop facilitators and individuals undergoing training. The authoring organizations are also available to lead trainings and workshops.

Read more about the Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management

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For more information about the Human Rights Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management, please contact:

Jenny Grönwall
Programme Manager, Water Governance