Everything News Jobs Opportunities Events Products/Services
more
 
About
Go to Home
Sign Up Sign in

CIWEM

13 May 2011 03:05:26

Integrating water management



In light of climate change, demographic change, economic constraints and environmental legislation, CIWEM calls for a more integrated approach to the management of water in its new briefing report on integrated water management.

DEFRA has committed an additional £3m of capital grants to co-fund projects that restore and protect the health of our water catchments and £110m to revamp England's rivers. CIWEM welcomes this week’s announcement of the continuation of the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme.

As a result of the way the UK's water industry has evolved, issues in the water environment have traditionally been observed as either temporally or spatially discrete and we have worked within narrow disciplines to solve them. CIWEM considers that the administrative structures, boundaries, relationships and experience in the water industry will need to be evaluated in the light of changing needs.

Water is one resource but it has many uses. In its management are a complex and diverse range of both people and processes. CIWEM believes integrated water management should be a process whereby human interventions can work within the natural water system, rather than disrupting it in ways that are ultimately unsustainable. This should not only recognise the physical aspects of the water environment, but also its political and social context.

Looking at the wider water system identifies where an activity in one part of the system may create a benefit, or an unforeseen cost, to another. Managing water from a wider perspective takes our thinking beyond water to other agendas such as energy and carbon, planning, waste, biodiversity, agriculture and ecosystem services to deliver more sustainable solutions. It can lead to cost savings by creating efficiencies between local and national projects and make more effective use of project costs. It also acts as a driver for new environmental management skills and new organisational practices.

CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves says: "Although the Government is only just waking up to integrated water management, achieving more integration has been on the agenda in the water industry for a number of years. Whilst we commend DEFRA's commitment of 10 pilot test catchments, we already have examples of best practice. What we need is meaningful progress in the sector. This has been limited and CIWEM's report is the first to identify the challenges and barriers to integration and how these can be potentially overcome."

ENDS

For more information contact Emily Doyle, CIWEM media and marketing manager.

Editor's note
1. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, CIWEM, is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world.

2. CIWEM's briefing report and supporting case study document is available from:
http://www.ciwem.org/policy-and-international/current-topics/water-management/integrated-water-management.aspx


Discussion Thread  

 


Related Categories

Clicking a category below will direct you to a list of related information

Skip Navigation Links.

CIWEM Community



Related Items From Everyone


  1. This report studies Tetramethyl Ammonium Hydroxide in Global market, especially in United States,...

    30 Nov 2016
  2. Overview of the global carbon fiber market According to the report, in 2013, the global carbon...

    11 Dec 2015
  3. Climate Change Risks and Food Security in BangladeshBy Winston Yu, Mozaharul Alam, Ahmadul...

  4. Microwaving trees then burying them could contribute substantially to combating climate change,...

    13 Mar 2009
  5. Kroll auto multifuel boiler Products & Services

    This boiler burns waste oil. They are economical, and they are also ecological—by using waste oil...




Go To Home

Resource Links

We're social: View Available Feeds Find out more! Leave us your feedback

RSS



We appreciate all feedback. Please leave as much or as little as you like about any aspect of this website.

If your message requires a response, please leave your email address.