Integrated Planning for Sustainable Water Management (IPSWAM)

Posted on 1 November 2003


This project plans and implements participatory water management in an integrated and sustainable way in two regions of Bangladesh and makes a significant contribution to achieving the full integration of this approach into the operations and methodologies of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB). The Project objective is: to strengthen the capacity of water sector organizations to fulfil their different roles.


IPSWAM is a pathfinder programme with a major objective to introduce integrated water resources management and to provide a base for the Water Management Improvement Project. Two subobjectives within the programme are:

(1) Strengthening planning in the BWDB (Bangladesh Water Development Board)
(2) Planning and implementing selected subprojects.


  • Overall guidance of the programme
  • Assessment of training needs at local institutional level
  • Formulation and implementation of training programmes
  • Establishment & strengthening of WMO's
  • Design of works, including construction and monitoring

Technologies used

Developing local level water management capability, stimulating the transfer of responsibilities for operation and maintenance to local level water management organisations, and enhancing the planning capacity of BWDB. Under IPSWAM, integrated water resources management is being introduced in nine schemes, and extended to four more at the request of the BWDB.

Project location

Project partners

  • Mott MacDonald