Future Engineering Journal


The recent trends show a decrease in water supply coupled with water losses due to inefficient management and pollution. The phenomenon is called water scarcity and he’s affecting people’s livelihoods around the world. Many approaches have been investigated through international water conferences and forums to develop tools for sustainable water management. IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) is one of the most widely adopted tools focusing on a holistic and participatory approach, involving users, planners and policy makers at all levels. In this study, the key concepts of IWRM and its potential in improving the water sector and inducing sustainable development are examined. The water sector situation in Lebanon is considered as an example to show the role and challenges for the implementation of IWRM in developing countries. Recommendations included the clarification of the responsibilities of public authorities, the identification of financial needs for the appropriate selection of investments, the incorporation of capacity building activities and the focus on increasing awareness to achieve water stewardship around stakeholders.



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