By focusing on integrating policy and practice, IUCN contributes to water policy development and implementation around the world. It combines its support to members and partners at national levels with its work in demonstration sites. This linkage provides the basis for testing and implementing policies and scaling-up successful field-level results. It creates the necessary capacities amongst state and non-state actors to create sustainable solutions.
The underlying assumption is that when knowledge is available and people and institutions are empowered, they can better participate in decision making. This is translated into the Water-Value Chain: the value created by IUCN to influence, encourage and assist water managers to develop more sustainable practices. Individual actors (IUCN staff, commissions, members and partner organizations) contribute in their specific way to the creation and maintenance of a part of the Water-Value Chain.