Integrated water resources management: are river basin committees in Brazil enabling effective stakeholder interaction?

Barbosa, Marina Costa and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Alam, Khorshed (2017) Integrated water resources management: are river basin committees in Brazil enabling effective stakeholder interaction? Environmental Science and Policy, 76. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1462-9011


Adequate stakeholder involvement and interactions are essential for effective Integrated Water Resources Management. In Brazil, the decision-making process was decentralized at the river basin committee level, which compromises both government and non-government representatives. However, until now Brazil has struggled to effectively implement IWRM. This paper analyses stakeholders’ perspective regarding the water policy and explores their interactions in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Using a mixed- methods approach, combining the stakeholder and complexity theories, an exploratory case study was conducted. Data was obtained via an online survey of 206 participants. Results identified different levels of interactions, where stakeholders from the water sector demonstrated higher levels of interactions compared to institutions from other sectors (e.g., environment, energy,) and from the local levels (e.g., city council). Results also indicated the importance of the river basin committees, as they were considered to propitiate adequate participation. They are, however, not enabling adequate interactions. This is because a significant number of stakeholders still do not have formal ways of interaction in their institutions. The analysis led to a set of recommendations to improve water sector stakeholder’s interactions, including interaction with stakeholders outside the water sector. This was considered a key way to seek integration, and, most importantly, to enhance water policy implementation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 01:18
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 03:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated water resources management; water policy implementation; river basin committees; stakeholder participation and interactions; São Paulo
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960913 Water Allocation and Quantification
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.06.002

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