Our work


The mission of the IUCN Global Water Programme is to be a trusted partner for evidence-based and adaptive change in water resource management that benefits nature and people.

Our main areas of work are:

  • Implementing IWRM using an ecosystems approach
  • Good governance of water and dialogue to build transboundary cooperation and effective national and local water resource management
  • Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth to improve water and food security and climate resilience
  • Demonstrating natural infrastructure solutions for climate change adaptation
  • Building partnerships for water infrastructure innovation in the Water-Energy-Food security Nexus
  • Increasing social, ecological, and agricultural resilience of ecosystems in the face of climate change
  • Supporting corporate strategies with an aim to recognise, map, and reduce water risks for wider multi-stakeholder benefits at river basin scale 

​Major programmatic areas: 

  • Water Governance
  • Implementing Sustainable Basin Management for Ecosystem Conservation
  • Investing in Natural Infrastructure 
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