Across the globe, WANI demonstrates how well-managed river basins and aquatic ecosystems provide goods and services that are essential for reducing poverty. These services provide the basic resources on which many livelihoods depend. In its field projects, IUCN involves local communities, research organisations, expert networks, governments and non-governmental organisations to turn the principles of ecosystem management into sustainable solutions.
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is practical and achievable. The key is a two-track strategy where IWRM planning is complemented by pilot actions demonstrating results that address local to national priorities.
WANI supports water policies and laws that enable transparent definition of rights, roles and responsibilities, including sufficient allocation of water to sustain healthy ecosystems.
With the costs and benefits of ecosystem services valued, a business case can be made for investing in ecosystems and watersheds as natural infrastructure, as part of sustainable financing for river basin management.
Learning and Leadership in IWRM is a key pillar of WANI’s work, based on best practice from around the world and lessons from WANI demonstration basins.
WANI implements integrated and sustainable water management along with empowerment of stakeholders in water governance for climate change adaptation.
WANI supports Environmental Flows - water provided within a river, wetland or coastal zone in order to maintain healthy ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people.
WANI has supported the development of a number of freshwater biodiversity assessments, highlighting the status of species, and the aquatic ecosystems and livelihoods dependent on them.