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Three ladies holding water carriers, Pakistan Local community meeting

Water management

Mott MacDonald has over 70 years’ experience in investigating, developing and managing water resources in countries all over the world.

Increasing capacity of local people in Ethiopia
Environment and capacity development, Ethiopia
Environment and capacity development, Ethiopia Mott MacDonald provided an endowment analysis covering land and water resources, human capacity, infrastructure assets and requirements.

As good quality fresh water resources are becoming increasingly scarce, they need to be managed carefully and in an integrated way. Many countries have a history of managing water as a commodity rather than as a resource. Integrated water resource management is necessary to safeguard the sustainable use of water resources.

The development of appropriate water resources strategies and comprehensive river basin management plans has been an area of particular strength for Mott MacDonald. We consider all relevant issues when developing master plans. This involves increasingly wide discussion and consultation with both specialists and stakeholders in order to identify sustainable and optimal development plans.

Our services in water

  • Adaptation of legislation
  • Capacity building and institutional strengthening
  • Development of financial instruments
  • Implementation of EU Water Framework Directive
  • Introduction of river basin management
  • Managing co-ordination among stakeholders
  • Process management, eg making transboundary water management work
  • Supporting national and local water resource planning

Key projects

Rural water supply and sanitation project, South Sudan

We advised the Ministry of Co-operatives and Rural Development on implementing the first phase of a four year project to bring safe water and improved sanitation to 1M people.

Northern Chu and Southern Ma rivers irrigation canal system, Vietnam

We provided project preparation technical assistance for the preparation of a five year investment plan for 80km of new canals and modification and rehabilitation of existing pumped irrigation and drainage infrastructure.

Irrigation sector reform activity, Moldova

We provided technical advisory services and capacity building to support the legal transfer of operation and maintenance responsibility of 11 irrigation systems from the government to water user associations, to improve water resource management.

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