Managing water resources in dynamic settings: A multi-level, multi-stakeholder perspective

Ngana, James; Notter, Benedikt; Messerli, Peter; Mbeyale, Gimbage; Msuya, Tuli; Chitiki, A. (2010). Managing water resources in dynamic settings: A multi-level, multi-stakeholder perspective. In: Hurni, Hans; Wiesmann, Urs (eds.) Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives / NCCR North-South: Vol. 5 (pp. 91-106). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

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The aim of the present article is to contribute to the debate on the role of research in sustainable management of water and related resources, based on experiences in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro and Pangani river basins in East Africa. Both basins are characterised by humid, resource-rich highlands and extensive semi-arid lowlands, by growing demand for water and related resources, and by numerous conflicting stakeholder interests. Issues of scale and level, on the one hand, and the normative dimension of sustainability, on the other hand, are identified as key challenges for research that seeks to produce relevant and applicable results for informed decision-making. A multi-level and multi-stakeholder perspective, defined on the basis of three minimal principles, is proposed here as an approach to research for informed decision-making. Key lessons learnt from applying these principles in the two river basins are presented and discussed in the light of current debate.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Notter, Benedikt and Messerli, Peter




Perspectives / NCCR North-South


Geographica Bernensia




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04 Oct 2013 14:19

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03 Nov 2019 18:36



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