Participatory values-based risk management for the water sector

Daniell, K. A., Coad, P., Ferrand, N., White, I., Jones, N., Guise, K., Marvell, C., Burn, S. and Perez, P. (2008). Participatory values-based risk management for the water sector. In: Martin Lambert, T. M. Daniell and Michael Leonard, Proceedings of the Water Down Under 2008. Water Down Under 2008, Adelaide, Australia, (969-981). 14-17 April 2008.

Author Daniell, K. A.
Coad, P.
Ferrand, N.
White, I.
Jones, N.
Guise, K.
Marvell, C.
Burn, S.
Perez, P.
Title of paper Participatory values-based risk management for the water sector
Conference name Water Down Under 2008
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 14-17 April 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Water Down Under 2008
Place of Publication Modbury, SA, Australia
Publisher Engineers Australia
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 0858257351
Editor Martin Lambert
T. M. Daniell
Michael Leonard
Start page 969
End page 981
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Water planning and management are faced with increasing levels of uncertainty, complexity and conflict. Multiple decision makers and managers, legislative requirements, competing interests, scarcity of resources, deskilling of management agencies and large uncertainties about the future in a more connected and rapidly changing world, are all drivers for the need to develop improved approaches to aid decision making in the water sector. This paper proposes a 'participatory values based risk management approach', designed to help to make uncertainties explicit, structure complexity in more understandable forms, increase collaboration and manage conflict. The approach will be explained through a case study example: the creation of the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary Management Plan in NSW, Australia. This process, driven by local government, included three interactive stakeholder workshops based on stages of a generalised 'participatory modelling process to aid decision making' and the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS 4360:2004), as well as an external scientific and legislative review. A range of stakeholders from state and local governments, the water authority, local industries, community associations and residents took part in the process stages of: 'initial context establishment' including the definition of estuarine values, issues and current management practices; 'risk assessment' based on the stakeholder defined values (assets) and issues (risks); and 'strategy formulation' to treat the highly prioritised risks as input to the estuary management action (or 'risk response' plan). As the plan has not been finalised or implemented, the external process effectiveness can not yet be properly gauged. However, preliminary evaluation results appear to demonstrate that the process is efficient from time and budgetary perspectives and has a number of other potential benefits which will be outlined in this paper. Other lessons learnt and possible suggestions for best-practice when using such an approach in future water sector applications will also be highlighted.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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