Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management (R-KNOW) is a regional project funded by the European Union for a period of three years. The project aspires to create a Regional Knowledge Network on Water that will assist in strengthening the application of systematic approaches to water management and governance in five countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and Egypt). It also aims to influence policy and decision-making processes as means to enhance good governance in the water sector.
Current and past approaches of water resources management (WRM) have proven to be inadequate to deal with the global water challenges. These approaches are mostly sectorial management, where each sector (domestic use, agriculture, industry, environmental protection, etc.) is managed separately with limited coordination. These approaches lead to fragmented and uncoordinated management of water resources. Water is a flowing resource which crosses sector boundaries. Many uses of water have spillover effects on other uses, and water development projects have unintended social and environmental consequences.
A great deal of experiences have been implemented all around the world, some examples for the best practices in water management can be found in the region. However, these experiences, practices and knowledge are not well known by many others in the world even in the region.
IUCN in cooperation with water partners have launched a regional initiative on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management.
The structure of RWKN will be divided into the following four thematic areas on water management:
RKNOW will become the market place of choice for exchanging knowledge on practical integrated water management (IWRM) approaches in the Arab Region.