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SWITCH - Managing Water for the City of the Future (2006-2011)

The overall goal of the SWITCH project is to catalyse change towards more sustainable urban water management in the "City of the Future". This is being carried out through a combination of research, technological development, demonstration activities and training within a Learning Alliance framework. Learning Alliances are stakeholder platforms designed to break down barriers to information sharing, thus speeding up the process of uptake and innovation. Training is an important part of the project and ICLEI has developed the SWITCH Training Desk website to store information and documentation on all SWITCH training activities and materials. SWITCH is co-funded by the European Commission and implemented by a cross-disciplinary team of 33 partners from 15 countries around the world.

The LoGoWater Project (2005-2008)

The European Commission funded LoGo Water project supported local governments in the Southern African region to actively engage in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The project’s approach was based on close collaboration between ten organisations from Southern Africa and Europe and eight cities and towns in the Limpopo River basin. The project outputs include information and guidance materials on ‘Local Government and IWRM’ which can be downloaded free of charge in English, French and Portuguese.

Capacity Building for Integrated Governance in the Management of Water and Sanitation (2005-2008)

Based on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and Millennium Development Goal 7 (MDG 7), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported six cities from two African countries, Uganda and Zambia, to increase stakeholder participation in preparing and acting on local water agendas and local decision-making. The local water dialogues, policies and decisions focused on increased access to safe water and reduced non-revenue water in the African cities. For more information click here.

Sustainable Water - Integrated Management and Governance (SWIM) (2004-2005)

The Asian Development Bank supported the City of Baguio, Philippines improve local water governance by adopting IWRM. The local water dialogues produced a local water agenda and investment plan, a local water code, and a cost recovery study. The project has been recognized as a good practice and case study by the Global Water Partnership, the ADB review mission, and the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED). This pilot activity also engaged more local governments in the Water Campaign. For more information, visit ICLEI Southeast Asia.

Integrated Water Management Information System (HyWaMIS) (2003-2005)

With the support of the EU ASIA URBS Programme the City of Mödling (Austria) in partnership with the Cities of Venice and Hyderabad and the involvement of several technical partners, including ICLEI, the City of Hyderabad is developing an Integrated Water Management Information System (HyWaMIS). All aspects of water management (e.g. water supply, wastewater discharge, industry, agriculture...) are being included.

The current water crisis is mainly a crisis of governance.
Local governments need to improve political, social, economic and administrative systems to regulate, manage and provide for water. Local water governance is a prerequisite to the successful implementation of IWRM. (Dialogue on Effective Water Governance, 2002; UNDP, GWP and ICLEI)

Why Include Local Government Leaders in the Dialogue?

Local government leaders are key to truth-testing policies in water and sanitation. The primary role of the “local government” process should be to shed light on barriers, opportunities, and unique local perspectives. *by Margaret Paegeler, ICLEI  ExCom Member