Under the Auspices of H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas,
President of Palestine
First Palestine International Water Forum
"Integrated Water Resource Management: Best Practices and Technology Transfer"
Date: 25 – 28th June 2018
Venue: Ramallah- Palestine
Growing demand for adequate supplies of fresh water requires to give a priority to manage water resources as efficiently as possible to ensure the sustainability of both the society and the ecosystems. Integrated Water Resources Management holds promise as an approach to better manage this critical resource. However, since, the concept of (IWRM) was launched at the United Nations Water Conference in 1977, there was a variation between governments’ commitments to use the IWRM approach. Some countries are able to demonstrate substantial success while others are still at the beginning of their efforts, for a number of reasons. By 2018 after decades of developing and refining the approach, there are new factors globally, such as the SDGs, and new best practices, models and technologies emerged that could speed up the whole process. Yet, the implementation of IWRMS plans remains a challenge.
The questions that this Forum is posing are how best the IWRM new progressive tools can prevent water crisis, address the water scarcity, enhance efficient water management, and at the end assist in achieving water security. It is expected that the papers and discussions at the main forum`s activity “scientific conference” will catalyze and guide change in water resources management and feature some of the largest and most challenging water resources management efforts globally.