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Using Indicators for Improved Water Resources Management: Guide for basin managers and practitioners

Guideline about indicators for better basin resource planning and management

This guide has been developed to help basin managers, decision makers and other water resource management practitioners navigate the increasingly complex ‘jungle of indicators’. It provides fundamental scientific, technical and communication guidance on use of indicators for better basin resource planning and management. The focus is primarily on the processes of indicator selection, application and communication. It also covers key elements that can help ensure that the indicators selected are meaningful and well designed, and their results are communicated in a way that has maximum impact.

The guide has been developed based on the extensive experience in working with water resources management indicators by the authoring organizations - UN Environment – DHI Centre, World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US), Conservation International (CI), Luc Hoffmann Institute (LHI), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). In addition, a number of river basin organizations have generously contributed their experiences of indicator use for improved basin management, captured via basin case studies included in this guidance.

The guideline can be downloaded  here, or at http://www.unepdhi.org/publications.