B1.3 National apex bodies
Apex bodies consist of a range of entities such as high level steering groups within national governments, inter-agency task forces (for specific purposes, e.g. water pollution control), and international consortia for the management of water resources. The aim of such bodies is to provide structures for co-ordination between different organisations involved in water resource management. In some cases water policy and management is centred in a specific body of government but in many situations responsibility for water is shared between a number of bodies (e.g. ministries for irrigation, environment and public works) that may not be able to operate easily together. Here an apex body may provide a useful co-ordinating function.
The functions of these bodies vary considerably. As many governments endorse and seek to use IWRM, the intended outcomes include:
The role of an apex body depends on the economic, social and encompassing political issues, even more than on the technical IWRM issues.