Bridging troubled waters: Applying consensus-building techniques to water planning

Baldwin, Claudia and Ross, Helen (2012) Bridging troubled waters: Applying consensus-building techniques to water planning. Society and Natural Resources, 25 3: 217-234. doi:10.1080/08941920.2011.578120

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Author Baldwin, Claudia
Ross, Helen
Title Bridging troubled waters: Applying consensus-building techniques to water planning
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-1920
Publication date 2012
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2011.578120
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 217
End page 234
Total pages 18
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This research investigates a practical way to address clashes in stakeholder values and enhance outcomes in water allocation planning, in a case study of the water-stressed Lockyer catchment in Australia. A conflict assessment using photovoice interviews early in the process was used to identify divergent interests and values about sustainability, private and public benefit, and equity. A photovoice workshop as well as separate and joint meetings of government and irrigator groups using various consensus-building techniques fostered mutual respect, identified common ground, and contributed toward a negotiated package. This case study shows that techniques that clarify parties' values can reduce areas of divergence and refocus parties on topics for further negotiation in water planning. A consensus-building process need not be formalized in legislation; techniques can be tailored for the purpose and needs of the situation, and together with institutional change will contribute to more collaborative and deliberative planning processes.
Keyword Consensus building
Water allocation
Water planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 30 Aug 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 26 Mar 2012, 23:49:46 EST by Professor Helen Ross on behalf of School of Integrative Systems