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E-Network on Strategic Planning & Management of Water Resources in the Asia & the Pacific Region: An FAO-UNESCAP Initiative

The E-Network on Strategic Planning and Management of Water Resources in Asia and the Pacific is a joint initiative of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The E-Network represents an effort to bring the world water vision to the regional and national levels in the Asia and the Pacfic Region through the partnership of UNESCAP and FAO, born from their very complementary mandates, programmes and fields of expertise.


The mission of the regional E-network is to promote implementation of strategic planning and management (SPM) methodologies for effective integrated land and water resources management towards socio-economic development in an environmentally sound manner.

The E-network envisages well-informed, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder decision-making processes that should result in more sustainable practices, strategies and policies to manage land and water resources, and mitigate disasters.

The E-network is thus aimed at providing the background knowledge and a neutral meeting place for the exchange of experiences on the use of SPM methodologies for approaching regional challenges on integrated land and water resources management.


In its initial stage, the E-Network made a soft launch at the Second Southeast Asia Water Forum held in Bali, Indonesia at the end of August 2005. It is now planned to link directly to the process of preparation for the Fourth World Water Forum (WWF4) through the WWF4 Virtual Workshop Website to promote integrated water resources management (IWRM). Similarly, this initiative is also in the process of establishing partnerships with other key stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific, including: UNEP Collaborating Centre on Water and Environment (UCC-Water), Japan Water Forum, Mekong River Commission (MRC), Korea Water Forum, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia (ICWC), Malaysia Water Partnership, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO), among others.

A Call to Water Stakeholders & Professionals

FAO and UNESCAP welcome and encourage water stakeholders and professionals in the region to join and participate in the E-Network. For more information please visit or contact.