IWRM Data Portal - About


The UNEP-DHI Partnership – Centre on Water and Environment (UNEP-DHI) is a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) centre of expertise supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dedicated to improving the management, development and use of freshwater resources from the local to the global level. UNEP-DHI is hosted at DHI, an independent, international consulting and research-based not-for-profit foundation of more than 1000 employees, with offices in more than 30 countries, and with over 50 years of experience in water resources management.

The activities of UNEP-DHI are centred around several focus areas. These include, but are not limited to following:

  • 1) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ecosystem-based management (EBM): Enhancing capacity of countries and regions to utilize integrated approaches to sustainable management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems

  • 2) Climate Variability and Change: Providing tools for countries and regions to cope with adverse impacts on the water resource from climatic variability and change

  • 3) Assessment and Indicators: Improving information and knowledge basis for sustainable management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems

  • Read more about these and other activities of UNEP-DHI at http://www.unepdhi.org.
    Enhanced capacity of countries and regions to utilize integrated approaches and principles of IWRM in management of their water resources is a particularly relevant work area of UNEP-DHI. The centre has completed a number of activities in capacity building for IWRM, development of national IWRM policies and plans, as well as publication on global status reports on the progress towards implementation of IWRM approaches globally.

    UNEP-DHI’s work in the domain of IWRM to date has shown that there is a growing need for systematic data collection on IWRM, which is instrumental in establishing a baseline, monitoring improvements and ensuring informed decision making for better management of water within countries and basins. In addition to the national relevance of such data, the proposed Sustainable Development Goal on Water has drawn attention to the increasing need for global data on water governance and management, and particularly on the progress in adopting IWRM practices in countries.

    This data portal offers a comprehensive collection of national IWRM implementation progress data drawn from two global country IWRM progress surveys. The data made available through this portal allows to both, examine the progress of IWRM implementation within the individual countries, and to track the global progress towards better management of our water resources.
    The primary data sources of this data portal are the two global IWRM surveys (years 2007 and 2011) containing self-reported country survey data assessing the progress and outcomes of the application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources. Read more about the surveys in the Country Data section of the portal.

    In addition data from the global IWRM surveys, IWRM Data Portal contains a comprehensive database of national IWRM policies, plans, roadmaps and related resources. All data and resources can be searched by country and are updated on ongoing basis.

    The main aim of this portal is to enable tracking of global IWRM implementation progress in countries (across a number of dimensions of IWRM). It is also envisioned that in time this data portal will include data from future global country surveys (possibly under the monitoring framework of SDG), as well as data from other high quality regional water governance and management assessments.
    Yes. UNEP-DHI particularly welcomes updates and submissions relating to national water policies and IWRM plans, though other IWRM relevant resources are also welcome. Contact Us.
    The IWRM Data Portal relies heavily on data collected through the two global IWRM status surveys. Following organizations were instrumental in facilitating country data collection in 2007 and 2011: UN-DESA, GWP, UNEP, SIWI, UNDP, UN Statistics, WHO and WWAP.

    User's Guide

    The global map gives an overview of status of implementation of IWRM policies in countries for years 2007 and 2011. The global overview (based on country status) for each IWRM indicator (the area of IWRM) can be visualized by changing the selection in the drop down menu of IWRM components in the bottom right part of the screen. Tracking the global progress for any given IWRM component can be done by switching between the survey years in same window.

    Clicking on any country in the map (or selecting a country from the drop down menu) displays a summary spider diagram showing reported scores of progress of IWRM implementation across all IWRM components for both survey years (or for any year for which country response is available). Click on ‘View all data’ to explore country survey answers in detail.

    Accessing country data pages

    The individual country survey responses, as well as additional IWRM resources, can be explored in more detail in the country data page. There are four ways to access the country page:
    1) By clicking on the specific country in the global map and then following the ‘View Details’ link;
    2) By selecting the desired country in the drop down menu of the global IWRM map and following the ‘View Details’ link;
    3) By going to the ‘Country Data’ section of the website and selecting the desired country from the list;
    4) From the country data page – by changing the country via drop down selection on the top of

    Country data pages

    Country data pages enables the user to explore the individual country status of the progress of IWRM implementation, as reported by countries via the global surveys of 2007 and 2011.
    Country IWRM Data page contains following information:

    Country results for IWRM surveys of 2007 and 2008

    In addition to basic country population and water data snapshot (tab ‘Water Profile’), the user can view survey results from the global IWRM surveys of 2007 and 2011 by clicking on the tabs for the respective year. Each survey year tab contains a spider diagram with survey results overview on the left, and the overview of scores for each of the axis on the right. Clicking on the + sign unfolds the full set of the survey questions that were used to calculate the country IWRM axis score for the specific dimension of IWRM. The 2011 country survey data also offers additional information on the impact and priority challenge areas for each country is given in the main tab of the country data page.

    Comparison tab

    The comparison tab is the easiest way to get an overview of country progress in implementation of the different aspects of IWRM between years 2007 and 2011. This section shows the comparison between country’s self-reported status of implementation of IWRM for both years. The scale of the 2007 survey responses has been adjusted for the purposes of comparison. The methodology of this adjustment is further described in the bottom of the country data page.

    Country IWRM resources

    Country resources section can be accessed through any of the above-described pages. Country resources database contains a comprehensive collection of relevant country IWRM documents, including national water policies and IWRM plans, which can be used to further explore the aspects of IWRM in the policies of each of the countries.

    Other IWRM resources

    IWRM Data Portal also offers a direct link to other IWRM related resources, offering access to an extensive collection of relevant datasets or tools with relevance to water management.