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University of South Florida – Transitioning Towards Integrated Urban Water Management

By on August 30, 2016
University of South Florida

Contact name and title
Richard Berman, Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability


Title of activity
Transitioning Towards Integrated Urban Water Management

Description of activity
The Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) has developed an integrated urban water management Toolkit and Training package which was applied to many countries. Some of the cities where the Toolkit and Training package applied are listed below:
1. Arua and Mbale, Uganda: PCGS conducted a diagnostic study of Arua and Mbale towns and has proposed an IUWM solution to water utilities and water & environmental minister to address the future challenges in water and sanitation. This includes: a half-day awareness raising on IUWM is conducted where the concepts and principles of IUWM were introduced to a high level audience; a stakeholder engagement workshop and capacity building for Uganda National Water and Sewerage Cooperation Staff.
2. Marondera, Zimbabwe: PCGS in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) has developed IUWM appraisal report for Marondera, Zimbabwe. Based on the study, AfDB has now funded $2,200,000 to the Republic of Zimbabwe to support the development of an Integrated Urban Water Management Masterplan for Marondera Municipality.
3. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire: PCGS in collaboration with GWP provided a half-day “Awareness Raising Introductory Session” for a high level audience including representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and African Water Facility (AWF). In addition a 2.5 day “IUWM Capacity Building Program” designed for 25 professional staff of the AFW, AfDB and regional GWP staff during which interactive presentations and group exercise discussions were conducted in Abidjan.
4. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: PCGS and GWP conducted a diagnostic study of Kinshasa water systems and developed IUWM appraisal report. The application of the IUWM Toolkit allowed the city to involve key stakeholders and asses institutional barriers, perform city diagnosis, analyze interactions within the water cycle and identifying appropriate technologies for IUWM.
5. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: PCGS provide IUWM workshop for a high level meeting at the State Palace of the Republic of Mongolia with the participation of 60 participants including 2 Ministers and the Vice Mayor of Ulaanbaatar. It was followed by a three day workshop outside the capital city and then followed by a debriefing at the Mayor’s building with the Vice Mayor, the Governor of the Tuwan Province, and the Director of the association of Mayors of Mongolia.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity

11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

Main themes of this activity
Capacity Development
Climate Change
Changes that took place as a result of this activity
1. The application of the IUWM Toolkit allowed cities to involve key stakeholders and asses institutional barriers, perform city diagnosis, analyze interactions within the water cycle, identifying appropriate technologies for IUWM and assess economic and financial feasibility. For example IUWM appraisal report has been developed for Kinshasa; Governor of Tuwan, Mongolia are planning an IUWM approach for the emerging capital city of the province; Uganda National Water and Sewerage Cooperation explored alternative water sources (stormwater harvesting, wastewater recycling etc) for Arua and Mbale Towns; Marondera, Zimbabwe is developing an Integrated Urban Water Management Masterplan.
2. As a result of the workshops and training programs on IUWM, awareness were created among different decision makers (i.e water & environmental minister, Mongolia), water utility staffs (i.e national Water and Sewerage Cooperation) and donors (i.e AfDB, WB) in considering IUWM as a tool to analyze the entire urban water system (UWS) in a holistic manner to meet water demands for residential, industrial, agricultural and ecological consumptions (while taking into consideration technical, social, economic and environmental aspect to ensure water security and sustainability).
3. The Global Water partnership and African Water Facility are currently preparing new strategy (IUWM for Africa) for the period 2017 – 2019, that will be submitted to its donors before the end of 2016. A number of countries have been identified where GWP has a strong local presence and could be instrumental in facilitating processes at local level. Some of the countries include: Tanzania, Cameroon, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Tunisia.
4. Based on the work of PCGS and GWP, the AfDB President has approved (in December 2015) three grants: $2,200,000 to the Republic of Zimbabwe to support the development of an Integrated Urban Water Management Masterplan for Marondera Municipality; $1,400,000 to prepare a blueprint for the socio-economic development of the Mbabane-Manzini, Swaziland corridor through water resources development and management for increasing water availability for potable water supply, hydropower generation and irrigation; $2,000,000 to Madagascar to develop sanitation master plans for eight cities in Madagascar. The goal is to reach healthier cities through an Integrated Urban Waste Management. PCGS will be a key player in the development and implementation of the strategy.
How the impact of the activity was measured
For the application cities, the following indicators were used as a measure of success:
-The number high level decision makers and donors involved in the awareness sessions
-The number of water utility staff members who have involved in the IUWM technical training workshop
-The number of water (water supply, sanitation and stormwater management) projects that integrate IUWM concept using the Toolkit and training packages as a basis
-Additional fund raised to support the integration of IUWM into the existing and new master plan developments
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