6. Barriers to implementing IWRM in agriculture. (1 of 3)



Successful IWRM requires consideration of a wide range of social, economic and political issues at a variety of different scales. Barriers to successful implementation of IWRM within the agricultural sector include:

Incompleteness in water management policy and legal and regulatory frameworks
This is particularly the case in developing countries where water policies are often non-existent or at best rudimentary. And, when they do exist, the regulatory mechanisms for implementing and enforcing them are limited or non-existent.

Demographic pressures
Population growth, primarily in developing countries, linked to poverty, is in many places driving inappropriate and non-sustainable agricultural practices and associated water utilisation. However, often communities even when they understand the long-term consequences of their actions feel that they have no alternative.

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