Addressing interests and values in a consensus building framework for water allocation

Baldwin, Claudia and Pretty, Grace (2005) Addressing interests and values in a consensus building framework for water allocation. In: International Conference on Engaging Communities, 14-17 Aug 2005, Brisbane, Australia.

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A participant action research approach is used to develop a best practice consensus building framework for water allocation and use in two case study sites in Queensland, Australia. Conflict resolution techniques and skills are built into the framework to ensure interests and values are addressed. Using innovative photovoice and appreciative inquiry techniques, stakeholder interests and values are identified and monitored throughout the best practice water allocation process. The framework will be evaluated and refined in conjunction with participants using an adaptive management approach.

Water scarcity and sustainable use is an increasing concern on a regional, national and global level. Some 20 UN agencies have freshwater on their agenda and the issue of water conflict is such a high priority that in 2001, UNESCO and World Water Council created the Water for Peace programme to turn 'potential conflict' to 'cooperative potential' in relation to freshwater disputes. Australia’s COAG water reforms have resulted in rapid institutional change with consequential expectations on irrigators and the community to meet the challenge. The Queensland government and segments of the southern Queensland community have experienced protracted negotiations over water allocation and use over the last few years.

This study expands qualitative methodological tools to contribute to best practice and community and institutional capacity to prevent and resolve conflicts in water management in agriculture and trade-offs between environmental and consumptive uses of water, and public and private interests.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 01:06
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: water allocation; community participation; conflict resolution
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services

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