Water has little respect for administrative boundaries, and water catchments (or hydrological units) are therefore the natural units for planning and implementing IWRM.
A core concept within IWRM is that its implementation always needs to be adapted to local governance frameworks. As there is no governance structure at the catchment level in Rwanda, this means working with districts across each catchment to devise and implement appropriate governance frameworks, allowing districts to collaborate to match available water resources with current and future water use demands at the catchment level.
To demonstrate the value of the IWRM approach across a range of geographic and socio-economic contexts, Water for Growth is working across four demonstration catchments (Muvumba, Upper Nyabarongo, Nyabugogo, and Sebeya) to pilot governance frameworks and develop land and water management solutions tailored to their specific contexts.
We support the districts in each catchment to form catchment taskforces, audit water resources and demand, and develop an appropriate vision, strategy and plan of action for their catchment. Implementation of catchment plan interventions are then led by the districts, with the support and guidance of line ministries.