This report provides a progress update on implementing IWRM in the Arab region and identifies priority areas that will help accelerate full implementation. It is based on data from 21 out of the 22 countries in the region that reported on SDG indicator 6.5.1 between 2017 and 2020. The analysis of progress towards the 2030 target is based on 15 countries that participated in this survey in 2017 and 2020. The rate of IWRM implementation needs to double to reach SDG target 6.5 by 2030: between 2017 and 2020, the regional average increased similar to the global level increase.
Through analyzing the elements of the four fundamental dimensions of IWRM, this report identifies areas of progress, and areas that need urgent attention. The highest implementation level is obtained for institutions and participation, enabling environment and management instruments while the financing dimension is lagging behind. The findings of this report stress the importance of cooperation and experience sharing between and within sub-regions, and will be drawn upon to inform the Water Action Decade’s regional preparatory process and reporting, which can mobilize the needed action to achieve internationally agreed goals and targets related to water.