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Integrated Watershed Management for Urban Water Security

Use of water for drinking and washing in a suburban area

Use of water for drinking and washing in a suburban area
Image Credit: F. Becker, 2012

Car wash in the proximity of a river

Car wash in the proximity of a river
Image Credit: F. Becker, 2012

In Uganda, there is increasing agricultural and industrial activity that is harmful to water environment and the water supply systems. Increasing population, limited access to sanitation, inappropriate farming and forestry practices and poor quality discharges from industry are the most harmeful problems.

It is in the interests of the water utility and end users that quality of water being pumped from the environment is the best possible. The dirtier the water, the more intensive and expensive the water treatment.


The overall goal of the proposed action is to build competences for “Integrated Watershed Management” as a tool for urban water security.

Participatory workshops shall alternate with networking phases in order to exchange knowledge face to face and to build common knowledge on IWM in the region. Four workshops shall enable participants to harmonise IWM activities and visions with regard to urban water security.

The project focuses one three aspects:

  • Regional networking and knowledge sharing about IWM
  • Capacity building through in demand driven workshops
  • Dissemination strategies of IWM training concepts for different stakeholders

Target groups

The following target groups shall be invited of active participation in the workshops:

  • Alumni (working at universities and public or private): The proposed action aims at facilitating not only Alumni of Freie Universität Berlin, but especially Alumni from the partners and from the region Eastern Africa.
  • Staff from relevant ministries and regulatory authorities
  • Local community based organisations


Makerere University, Uganda  |   IWM Expert GmbH, Germany



Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service), Germany
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany



Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH - GIZ-RUWASS (Reform of the Urban Water and Sanitation Sector, Uganda)