Indigenous Peoples & Integrated Water Resources Management

This training manual and the supporting materials are inspired by the fact that the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge into water resources management is often not recognized, and institutionalized, as an efective means to enhance sustainable development in the entire river basin.

 Indigenous and traditional peoples are custodians of biologically and culturally diverse environments, and possessors of invaluable knowledge on their water resources. However, they are often ignored in decision-making on water, unequally treated in conventional water management systems, and disproportionately afected by conficts.

While facing the impacts of global climate change in local environments and resource management systems, we cannot aford to ignore the environmental knowledge of the world’s indigenous peoples.

This training manual, therefore, is intended for trainers, water managers and professionals, and leaders in the water sector ,to facilitate the integration of traditional knowledge and indigenous peoples into water management and related interventions, and as a guide to adapt and use in their trainings.

The facilitators’ guide specifically provides tools and examples to plan training programmes on this topic.

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