on the findings and recommendation of the five subregional workshops on
application of strategic planning and management to water resources
organized as part of phase 2 of the Project on Capacity-building in
strategic planning and management of natural resources in Asia and the
Pacific, the Guidelines on Straegic Planning and Management of Water
Resources developed in phase 1, was updated to include a new chapter on
“Monitoring Outcomes of Strategic Planning in Water Management: Using
Indicators Effectively” and other improvements using relevant
experiences collected during phase 2. The updated version of the
Guidelines has been posted on UNESCAP Website for water resources at http://www.unescap.org/esd/Energy-Security-and-Water-Resources/water/spm/, since June 2003.
connection with the implementation of phase 3, arrangements have been
made to conduct case studies in 17 countries in the five subregions. Up
to date, nine case studies with corresponding workshops have been
completed for Malaysia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Pakistan and five countries
in Central Asia. The most recent workshops were held in February 2004
in cooperation with the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources
and in April 2004 with the Scientific Information Centre of the
Inter-state Commission for Water Management Coordination respectively.
Apart from the organization of workshops, preparatory seminars have also
been held to assist the related authorities in preparing the case study
reports, such as for the Central Asia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. Draft
strategic plan reports have also been submitted to UNESCAP for the case
studies in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, for which the respective
national workshops are scheduled to be held at the beginning and middle
addition to the case studies on preparation of strategic plans towards
integrated water resources management, the guidelines were also adapted
for training in the Central Asia, using the experiences of the case
studies. The training seminar is now scheduled to be held in trainers
in October 2004.
findings from the case studies will be synthesized and presented at the
Concluding Regional Workshop of the project, now scheduled to be held in
Bangkok from 23 to 26 November 2004.