Explore our site to learn more about how the International Institute for Sustainable Water Resource Management (IISWR) has been, or is currently involved in a range of freshwater assessment and management activities such as International Water and Environmental Assessments. These activities include the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) and Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) projects focused on watershed-based environmental assessments aimed at identifying water-related problems with national, regional or global significance.

IISWR is also involved with Integrated Water Management projects focusing on the holistic management of water systems (lakes, rivers, wetlands, groundwater, estuaries) for sustainable use, including maintaining the integrity of the life-supporting ecosystem services they provide. Two of these projects include the Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) and ILBM and Lake Chapala/Lerma River Basin (Mexico) programs.

International Water & Environmental Assessments

Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) – This recently-completed international project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) focused on the development and application of comparable methodologies for a global-scale assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes, groundwater aquifers and large marine ecosystems, for the purpose of prioritizing water systems ‘at risk’. It also is meant to catalyze partnerships and arrangements for undertaking such global assessments on a continuing basis. The IISWR Director, in collaboration with the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), Shiga, Japan, UNEP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), was the project manager for the international lakes/reservoirs component of the TWAP. Further information on this project is available on the GEF/IW:LEARN website.

Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) – To provide a global-scale overview of the of the state of the world’s environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) prepares and publishes biennial assessments (Global Environmental Outlook reports) that include the status and trends of freshwater systems, and their linkages with other environmental components, as well as their management and policy implications. The IISWR Director was a Lead Author for the freshwater section of the 5th G and is currently a lead author for the freshwater section of GEO-6. The GEO reports are widely to scientists, policymakers and governments throughout the world. An electronic copy of GEO-5 can be downloaded from the UNEP website, and the GEO-6 report will be launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly at UNEP in 2019.

Integrated Water Management

Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) – In cooperation with the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC), this project focuses on development and application of a comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach for managing lakes, reservoirs and their basins in various regions around the world, as well as the upstream, downstream and sub-surface water systems to which they are hydrologically or jurisdictionally linked. It comprises a range of relevant scientific/technical, socioeconomic and governance elements fundamental to integrated management of these water systems. Case studies and lessons learned from managing lakes and reservoirs in a number of countries include China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal and Thailand.

ILBM and Lake Chapala/Lerma River Basin (Mexico) – This is a follow-up activity to the 14th World Lake Conference held in Austin, Texas, USA in 2014, co-sponsored by the Meadows Center for Water and Environment, Texas State University and the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC). Upon its implementation, in cooperation with ILEC, Meadows Center, Alamo College District and Corazón de la Tierra (“Heart of the Earth”, a Mexican non-governmental organization), it will focus on application of the ILBM process to the Lake Chapala/Lerma River Basin in Mexico.