Overcoming the land-water disconnect in water-scarce regions: Time for IWRM to go contemporary

Author(s): Falkenmark, M., A. Jägerskog, K. Schneider
In: International Journal of Water Resources Development
Year: 2014
Type: Journal / article
Link to centre authors: Falkenmark, Malin
Full reference: Falkenmark, M., A. Jägerskog, K. Schneider. 2014. Overcoming the land-water disconnect in water-scarce regions: Time for IWRM to go contemporary. International Journal of Water Resources Development 30(3): 391-408.

Summary

This article aims to analyze the relationships between water and land. It posits that there is a disconnect between land and water management that needs to be rectified. To address the major challenges the world is facing in terms of feeding itself and securing adequate access to water there is a need to revisit the integrated water resources management (IWRM) paradigm. While IWRM incorporates the link between land and water in theory, it is often ignored in practice.

The authors argue that greater visibility of the land–water linkage is needed and would be encouraged by adding an L for land use, making ILWRM: integrated land and water resources management. The natural systems at play are juxtaposed with a discussion of the (water) governance challenges that they pose. Challenges stemming from increased land (and thereby water) acquisitions, as well as the transboundary perspectives of the ILWRM challenge, highlight the need to revisit and evolve our approach to providing water and food security.

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