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TDLC to Organize Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) TDD

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Competition for scarce water and urban space due to rapid urbanization and natural disasters caused by increasing climate variability threatens the inhabitants and economies of urban areas. Moreover, raw water sources are at risk of becoming more contaminated through changes in land use patterns, solid waste and waste water management and aging infrastructure, whereas cities are often more-reactive rather than pro-active on urban planning due to the rapid rate of unplanned urbanization.  With many sectors relying on the same river basin, groundwater, and urban environment, the competitive dynamics at play require an integrated approach to urban water management and a holistic mode of strategic planning and investment design. The IUWM approach takes a landscape view of the challenges by looking at competing users in each catchment or river basin and the urban area therein, including economic and financial analysis of alternatives.

Given these challenges the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), a partnership of the World Bank and the Government of Japan, will conduct an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Technical Deep Dive (TDD) jointly with World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (GPSURR) and Water Global Practice from September 25 to September 29, 2017. Practitioners and technical experts on water management from 14 countries (Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Turkey, Vietnam) will participate in this activity. This TDD consists of engaging sessions of technical learning and site visits to locations such as the Hokubu Sludge Treatment Plant in Yokohama City to observe Japanese IUWM projects.  Participants will develop a deeper understanding on the different elements of the IUWM approach and the practical applications of this approach and solutions from Japan to utilize in their World Bank financed infrastructure projects.