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BRIEF

Integrated Urban Water Management

November 13, 2013

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Matanza Riachuelo in Argentina. 

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As a result of rapid and unplanned urban growth, heightened vulnerability to climate change, and relatively poor water management practices, a growing number of cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LCR) are struggling with problems of water scarcity, watershed pollution, inadequate service provision, and increased flooding, directly affecting their population's quality of life and economic prospects. These problems are often compounded by the fact that they are being addressed in a disconnected way, by different actors across neighboring jurisdictions.

The World Bank's LCR Blue Water Green Cities initiative seeks to learn from the tremendous experience of Latin American cities, many of them World Bank clients, in dealing with these challenges; and propose a concrete approach – Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) – to support municipal actors in addressing these urban water challenges in a cleaner, more efficient, more resilient and more equitable manner by working across sectors and spatial boundaries.


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PUBLICATIONS

The Blue Water Green Cities Initiative started in 2009 and the following seven cities were identified as flagships for support and technical assistance on IUWM: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bogota (Colombia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Aracajú (Brazil) and Asuncion (Paraguay).

Blue Water Green Cities publications are now available here.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: INTEGRATED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT

For the presentations and agendas of the event click here.

VIDEO

Water in Mexico: towards efficiency and environmental protection.

RESOURCES FOR IUWM

Click here to learn more. 

WIKIPEDIA PILOT PROJECTS

Click here to learn more. 

This Integrated Urban Water Management Initiative has been made possible by The Water Partnership Program