Our Network is rich not only in the diversity of our Members, but also in the quality of our collaboration with Partner Organisations that share our vision of integrated water resources management.


INBO members are essentially legal entities that play a technical, political or financial role in the promotion, support and implementation of IWRM.

Three main types of institutions are represented among INBO members:

  • The “basin organizations” entrusted by the competent public authorities with the overall management of water resources in hydrographic basins of rivers, lakes or aquifers, national or federal, or where appropriate, transboundary, as well as the cooperation structures that they may have developed between themselves. Within the framework of national or federal legislation or international agreements in force, these bodies must have a public mission, a legal personality and their own budget.
  • The government administrations responsible for water in each of the countries and applying, or having declared their intention to apply, a global and sustainable management of water resources organized by river basins.
  • Bi or multilateral cooperation organizations and international financial institutions supporting actions for the global and sustainable management of water resources at the level of river basins.

They must pay an annual membership fee.

INBO Members contribute actively to the Network’s activities. They represent our Network at international events by sharing their operational, technical, strategic, institutional and legal experience and expertise in implementing IWRM in basins.

They take part in pilot projects, relay advocacy initiatives and write contributions for publications.

Our members benefit not only from this sharing of experience but also from the technical and institutional support provided by INBO via its Permanent Technical Secretariat to meet their specific needs.

In order to deal with issues linked to specific geographical contexts, Members are organized into Regional Networks, on a voluntary basis.

To help raise awareness of the importance of IWRM at basin level, and to promote a cross-sectoral approach that sees water as an element connected to energy, agriculture, finance, industry, tourism, the environment and fisheries, etc., INBO works/collaborates with a wide variety of stakeholders with very different statuses and operating at different scales in complementary sectors. 

Thus, depending on its activities such as organizing events, designing and implementing projects, leading advocacy initiatives and producing publications that are distributed free of charge, INBO works with United Nations agencies, development, water or biodiversity agencies, national or transboundary basin commissions, development banks, etc.

… And all this with the common objective of accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, « a global call to action to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people live in peace and prosperity by 2030 ».