Water is one resource but it has many uses. In its management are a complex and diverse range of both people and processes. As a result of the way the UK‘s water industry has evolved, issues in the water environment have traditionally been observed as either temporally or spatially discrete and worked within narrow disciplines to solve them. We consider that the administrative structures, boundaries, relationships and experience in the water industry will need to be evaluated in the light of changing needs.
Climate change, demographic change, economics and environmental legislation such as the Water Framework Directive all necessitate a more integrated approach to the management of water. CIWEM believes integrated water management (IWM) should be a process whereby human interventions can work within the natural water system, rather than disrupting it in ways that are ultimately unsustainable.Download report