How can we promote integrated planning in urban water management?

Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM)

What is it and how can it help? 

IUWM is a strategic planning framework for identifying and prioritizing investments based on understanding urban water cycles in a holistic manner. IUWM is useful for facilitating coordinated and flexible planning among stakeholders, taking into account institutional arrangements, economic analysis, and innovative financing solutions. IUWM offers options for dealing with large complex urban water challenges, while protecting environmental, recreational and cultural values and increasing urban attractiveness.

When does it work best? 
  • IUWM is particularly well suited to cities facing increased water stress. 
  • IUWM can be integrated into project design with little extra effort and may result in important efficiency gains.
  • IUWM works best when there is commitment by stakeholders to pursuing an integrated approach.
How do I use it? 

Users must work through four phases for the operationalization of IUWM: engagement, assessment and diagnosis, participatory planning and prioritization, and implementation and monitoring.

Where has it been used? 
  • IUWM has – on different levels and with diverse focuses – been used extensively in Europe, Latin America and East Asia; and piloted in Central Asia and Africa.
  • Examples of countries include Spain, Brazil, Paraguay, Honduras, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Kenya.
What are its limitations? 
  • To come to holistic and integrated planning, IUWM requires substantial analysis and modeling of  economic viability, institutional capacities, financing options, technology options, urban/basin-level water balance/resources.
  • Integrating extensive participatory approaches may increase time and cost of IUWM.
Where can I go to learn more?