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Title: Ownership in the Integrated Water Resources Management Planning Process: A Cross Country Validation of Methods
Contributor(s): Essaw, David (author); Gill, R (supervisor); Pigram, John (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2008
Copyright Date: 2007
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The recognition of the importance of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is largely in response to addressing the ever-increasing limited water quality and quantity problems that the world faces. Whereas officially, the United Nations through the Global Water Partnership (GWP) has endorsed IWRM as the best means to water resources management, lessons learnt from implementation to date, suggest the need to highlight the planning process more than the plan itself. The purpose of my research is to explore improved ways of engaging stakeholders in the IWRM planning processes that can serve as a framework to advance IWRM GWP agenda. The methodological synthesis of the study incorporates ideas from broad theoretical areas covering ecological, economics, community and change management settings to inform the design of what is described as the appreciative systems planning (ASP) methodology used in this study. ... The major contribution of this study is the design of a framework to overcome the dilemma of facilitating stakeholder involvement in IWRM planning processes. Of particular importance is the explicit focus on the connection between social, economic and environmental dimensions in decision-making that the water resources issues represent.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Field of Research Codes: 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Rights Statement: Copyright 2007 - David Essaw
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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