Involving both women and men in integrated water resources management (IWRM) can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of management. Participation by women and men improves project performance and improves the likelihood of sustainability. Most work done in the past on gender issues in relation to IWRM has been in connection with specific projects or activities such as rural water supplies or irrigation management.
This Thematic Paper draws on more detailed local level activities to inform the process of influencing planning and implementation of river basin management. There is a strong emphasis on rural conditions and the irrigation sector. The document is based on the case studies in Gansu and Liaoning Provinces, showing how women’s knowledge of local conditions, their experiences of the impact of IWRM policies, and their ability to disseminate information on IWRM are crucial for implementation.
WRDMAP. Assessing the Impact of IWRM on Women’s Status and Conditions [Thematic Paper 6.3.2]. WRDMAP, China (2010) 24 pp