Cross-Cutting Issues in Stakeholder Engagement in International Waters Management (Bruch)
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Carl Bruch

Carl Bruch


Asia Regional Workshop on Stakeholder Engagement
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International Waters Management
Hanoi, Vietnam, 2-4 April 2008

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Cross-Cutting Issues in Stakeholder Engagement in International Waters Management (Bruch) Cross-Cutting Issues in Stakeholder Engagement in International Waters Management (Bruch) Presentation Transcript

  • 1 Cross-Cutting Issues in Stakeholder Engagement in International Waters Management by Carl Bruch Asia Regional Workshop on Stakeholder Engagement in International Waters Management Hanoi, Vietnam, 2-4 April 2008
  • Some Key Issues Representivity Gender Mainstreaming Scale Integration into project/programme Resources and sustainability
  • Representivity Need to choose representatives of various stakeholder interests Challenges: Could reinforce existing inequities through reliance on self- appointed or traditional representatives Even when present, certain stakeholders will not feel comfortable voicing concerns/interests Most stakeholder groups are not homogenous in their full array of interests and concerns Questions for discussion: When you can’t involve everyone, who is a legitimate representative of stakeholder interests? How can this be determined? What practices are available to enhance representivity of viewpoints in project implementation?
  • Gender Mainstreaming Women have a specific and critical role to play in water management at all levels and different needs and priorities related to water … but … There are different culturally defined roles, rights, responsibilities of men and women, and the relationships between them There are often capacity differences between genders to participate in water-related decision-making Education and literacy Language Power and representation in formal and informal structures Resources Perceived benefits Others?
  • Gender Mainstreaming (cont’d) Gender mainstreaming: integration of gender- related aspects of water use and development into projects Questions for discussion: What tools and processes are available to ensure that gender issues are given appropriate consideration in project creation and implementation? What are the potential consequences of inadequately taking gender considerations into account?
  • Scale International waters projects operate at many levels: local, provincial, national, regional, and international The diversity and numbers of stakeholders can be overwhelming – and it can be difficult to communicate the need for consideration of the ecosystem as a whole when SH are focused on “local” impacts There are also broad differences between cultures/political systems/languages that complicate the picture even further Questions for discussion What are the best strategies for coping with large numbers of stakeholders across large geographic areas? At what level should participation take place? What is the role of pilot or demonstration projects in facilitating engagement? How can stakeholders’ inputs be communicated between various levels?
  • Integration of Engagement into Project/Programme Engagement is meaningless unless integrated into a project or programme: Must actually consider stakeholder feedback and find ways to feed into project and programme decision-making and implementation Planning is critical! Questions for discussion: What types of decisions should include stakeholder feedback? How can you determine where stakeholder engagement is appropriate and necessary? What planning tools are available to ensure that stakeholder engagement is “mainstreamed” into IW projects/programmes?
  • Resources and Sustainability Scale of IW projects and numbers of stakeholders has cost implications Project funds can assist, but budgets for stakeholder engagement are often limited Questions for discussion: What types of practices are available for limiting costs? How can stakeholder engagement be sustained beyond the life of a project?