Getting the most out of water management indicators
Using meaningful indicators to link science and decision-making in water management
Sustainable river basin management is often defined as the ‘coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems’.
This definition highlights the many factors that decision makers must consider when putting the principles of integrated water resources management (IWRM) into action. It also places emphasis on the various dimensions of water use that should be managed, and thus reflected in basin management plans, baseline assessments and resource monitoring programs.