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Is IWRM Ready to Cope with the Future Challenges?

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Current Challenges for IWRM

Water management has become increasingly complex over time, encompassing various environmental, economic and social dimensions. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is for a long time considered to be able to cope with this complexity. IWRM accounts for social, economic and environmental factors and integrates surface water, groundwater and the ecosystems through which they flow. Current challenges faced in water management include the increase in uncertainties in the light of global change as well as globalisation. Along with the limited nature of scientific information and technical knowledge water management based on the concept of IWRM fails to satisfactorily deal with these problems.

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