Factsheet #55

River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) guideline

Instrument Type


Governance Level


Governance Mode


Water management topics addressed

Drought & water scarcity
Water abstraction for irrigation and other economic activities
Water quality issues due to nutrient pollution
Water quality issues: Other reasons

Implementation requirements

Financial capacity


Human capacity


Political buy-in


Timeframe for implementation


#55: River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) guideline


The aim of an RBMP guideline is to help develop the integrated water resource management plan for a given river basin, so that it is up to date regarding science, technical progress and socio-economic development in the river basin, and that it is coordinated with relevant laws and policies. 


The RBMP guideline defines the responsibilities for implementation, the content requirements for RBMPs and the coordination requirements with different actors. The guideline addresses public sector actors in charge of developing and implementing RBMPs. 

Example: The River Basin Management Plan Guideline in Mongolia

In Mongolia, a River Basin Management Plans guideline leads the development of integrated plans, so that they are up to date and take into consideration the socio-economic of the respective river basin. The content of the guideline is consistent with provisions found in the water law and the general principles of the national water program.


STEER (2019). Assessment of variables in the five in-depth case studies of the STEER project. Internal Report. (p. 320)

Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Green Development (2013). Integrated Water Management Plan Mongolia. http://extwprlegs1.fao.org/docs/pdf/mon169789.pdf Retrieved: 24 September 2020

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