About BWP

The overall Vision of Bangladesh towards 2025 is a nation which is democratic, economically self-reliant, driven by coherent, secure, just and equitable principles, and consists of citizens whose capabilities and potentials are developed to a high degree.

The vision for the country's water postulates a high level of progress in the management of the country's water resources for uplifting the national economy and the living conditions of a/I its people on a equitable basis and maintaining ecological and environmental harmony.

To provide strategic support to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through coordinated development and management of water. land and related resources in Bangladesh by maximizing economic and social benefits without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.

The Guiding Principles stem from the Dublin and Rio Statements, the Millennium Assembly and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, among others, and adapted and elaborated over time to reflect the international understanding of 'equitable and efficient management and sustainable use of water'. These guiding principles are as follows:

  • Freshwater is a finite and vulnerable resource, essential to sustain life, development and the environment.
  • Water development and management should be based on a participatory approach involving users, planners and policy makers at all levels.
  • Women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water.
  • Water is a public good and has a social and economic value in its competing uses.
  • Integrated water resources management is based on the equitable and the efficient management and sustainable use of water and recognizes that water is an integral part of the ecosystem, a natural resource and a social and economic good, whose quantity and quality determine the nature of its utilization.

  • Help formulate and promote national policies and laws for integrated water resources management.
  • Facilitate efficient, equitable and sustainable use of water resources through advocacy, research and actions.
  • Promote environmentally sustainable water resources development.
  • Disseminate information and facilitate sharing of experiences and knowledge among users, policy makers, water professional, planners and civil societies for development and management of water resources.
  • Promote increased use of integrated planning approach.
  • Create neutral platform for dialogue on IWRM.
  • Ensure multi-stakeholders participation for IWRM.
  • Establish linkages and collaboration with government agencies, international agencies, local govt. institutions (LGIs), private organizations and NGOs and other civil society groups e.g media and various professional groups and promote partnership.
  • Capacity building for IWRM
  • Promote women participation in water resources development and management.

BWP works in the following key five strategic areas in line with GWP and GWP-SAS Strategy:

  • Facilitate water policy and strategies and preparation of national IWRM plans.
  • Develop programmes and tools in response to regional and county needs.
  • Ensure linkages between GWP and other frameworks, sectors and issues.
  • Establish and consolidate GWP partnership at relevant levels.
  • Network management & governance

BWP has a General Body consisting of its partners and Executive Committee. The General Body is the apex body of the Partnership. Executive Committee (EC) headed by one President, one Secretary General and 11 Members from difference disciplines and organizational background and gender working in the government, non-government, universities and private organization executes all activities and programmes of Bangladesh Water Partnership. It has a lean structure secretariat with an Executive Secretary. President's post is honorary and the Executive Secretary post is full time. The Executive Secretary is responsible for operation o country activities, preparation of Annual Budget and Work Plan, Quarterly Reporting to its Regional Office, conduct fund raisin activities at local level, professional contribution to GWT Network GWP Secretariat and its Partners, broaden the base of GWP partner maintain regular communication within the country and with Region. Partnership and GWP Secretariat and encourage lessons learning an sharing within their country and with other countries in the region.

  • Formulation of Bangladesh Water Vision 2025 and its publication and presentation in the 2nd World Water Forum held in the Hague, the Netherlands in 2000.
  • Publication on Vision to Action Document
  • Translation of TAC-4 document into local vernacular. Bangla and it wide circulation among the people at all levels having stake in wate
  • Moving from Vision to actions
  • Establishment of basin level partnership named as .Area Water Partnerships
  • Conducting country level and regional programmes on IWRM
  • Participation in regional and international meetings related to IWRM.

3 Goals of the GWP Strategy 2014-2019

Strategic Goal #1: Catalyze Change in Policy and Practice. This goal focuses on improving water resources management to help countries towards growth and water security emphasizing an integrated approach, good governance, appropriate infrastructure and sustainable financing.

Strategic Goal #2: Generate and Communicate Knowledge.This goal focuses on developing the capacity to share knowledge and to promote a dynamic communications culture, so as to support better water management.

Strategic Goal #3: Strengthen Partnerships. This goal focuses on enhancing the network’s resilience and effectiveness through stronger partnerships, good governance, measuring performance to help learning and financial sustainability.

6 Themes

  • Food and water security
  • Energy and water security
  • Ecosystems and water security
  • Urbanization and water security
  • Transboundary waters
  • Climate resilience and water security
  • Gender & Youth will be cross cutting

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