Financing integrated water resources management

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Recently, a clear need was identified to look at ways of generating new revenues which can assure an adequate budget for the Department of Water Resources to undertake IWRM, and thereby secure water supplies for the country. Neither existing budget allocations to DWR, nor the revenues that are currently generated from water tariffs, are sufficient for this.

The Water and Water Resources Law of 1996 mentions “funds for watershed and water resource protection”, based on contributions made by the developers of water resources. A Presidential Decree on Natural Resource Charges is currently under development, with the opportunity to include financing mechanisms for IWRM. Water resource protection fees can provide an important, and much-needed, source of funding for undertake IWRM, especially the implementation of River Basin Plans.