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Planning for a water secure future
Lessons from water management planning in Africa
There is no doubt that the world needs to take a more integrated and sustainable approach to the development and management of water resources. Through its activities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) is helping regions and countries to advance in this direction by encouraging the application of a participatory approach to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). This publication outlines the main observations and lessons learned from activities in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Senegal and Zambia, between 2003 and 2007. The first section outlines the reasons for initiating the programme. Section 2 looks at the benefits of raising awareness of an integrated approach, and Section 3 focuses on support to partners for building understanding and engagement among multi-stakeholder platforms. The fourth and fifth sections outline capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and highlight future challenges for the participating countries. Several lessons and recommendations have emerged from the process and these are found in Section 6. Country profiles are presented in each section.