Water use master plan

A water use master plan supports the development of integrated water resources at the local level; all stakeholders, including disadvantaged groups, take part in the plan.

A water use master plan (WUMP) is a holistic, participatory, and inclusive planning process that takes an integrated approach to the management of water resources and uses at the village level. The WUMP specifies the total water budget for its planning unit, the village development committee (VDC), and explores potential uses for it. It empowers marginalized groups to claim their rights to an equitable share of water within and between communities. The WUMP also helps local bodies with annual and periodic planning and project prioritization.

WOCAT database reference: QA NEP 36

Location: 15 districts in the Western, Mid-Western, and Far-Western Development Regions of Nepal

Approach area: >3,000 km2

Land use: Not specified

Type of approach: Project/programme based

Focus: Water conservation, water sources, catchment area

Related technology: Not described

Stakeholders/target groups: VDCs, district development committees (DDCs), resource organizations, Local service providers, NGOs, consultants, Local communities

Compiled by: Madan Raj Bhatta, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Date: July 2011, updated March 2013

Comment: This is a broad and integrated approach; WUMP advocates water conservation; water harvesting, and technologies that promote the efficient use of water

15 districts in the Western, Mid-Western, and Far-Western Development Regions of Nepal