A river basin approach for the coordinated implementation of water-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In Water, Climate Change and Sustainability
Chapter: 2
Book Chapter

Adoption of sustainable development goals (SDGs) offers a targeted and time‐bound approach for sustainable development. Water, along with its dedicated goal (SDG6), is at the core of SDGs due to its interdependency and synergistic relationship with all SDGs. Implementation of SDG6, as well as other SDGs, remains a challenge for many countries due to the enormity of the scope, complexities of interlinkages among the goals and their targets, and less clarity on entry points. Pursuing an integrated approach for implementing SDGs is indispensable. In this context, integrated water resources management (IWRM), as the central concept, and integrated river basin management (IRBM) approach as a spatial unit for applying the concept has been proposed as a pragmatic solution for implementing water related targets of SDGs. For that, the Lower Mekong Basin has been shown as a case for examining the pertinent issues and challenges for adopting IRBM for implementing SDGs.