Guidelines for equitable participation in water decision-making
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Guidelines for equitable participation in water decision-making

23 May 2023

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This report is designed to foster collaboration between researchers, practitioners and stakeholders who manage and allocate water. The guidelines address how to make multi-stakeholder participation and decision-making in water planning more equitable.Human decisions on water can have a wide effect, impacting rivers, ecosystems, economies, livelihoods, cultures and spiritual values. To make decisions more equitable, researchers and practitioners need to engage directly with the people affected and understand the norms, values and forms of knowledge surrounding water which underlie these decisions. The participation of people affected by the decisions, known as “stakeholders”, is deeply connected to power relations, and effective models are needed to understand these relations and enable meaningful participation for diverse stakeholders.

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Doug Chalmers
Scientist, SEI US

Cláudia Coleoni
Research Associate, SEI Latin America

Alison Dyke
Research Fellow, SEI York

Marisa Escobar
SEI US Water Program Director, SEI US

Bobby Farnan
Research Associate, SEI York

Laura Forni
Senior Scientist, SEI US

Leonie Pearson
SEI Asia

Tania Santos
Research Fellow, SEI Latin America


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