Tensions and Synergies between Integrated Water Resources Management and the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development

A variety of paradigms shape water resources management, reflecting the evolution of government policies and transient societal values.  Most prominent among those paradigms, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and the Human Rights-Based Approach to development in the water sector (HRBA) overlap significantly and their interactions may have significant repercussions.
This article explores the interactions between IWRM and the HRBA to development in the water sector. Questions raised by perceived conflicts are identified to help address potential tensions when the two approaches coexist. Synergies between IWRM and the HRBA are also detailed to establish how the two approaches are aligned.

This content has been updated on January 9 2015 at 14 h 19 min.