Sustainable, participatory IWRM Capacity Building Workshop Benin
Date: November 5-8, 2012
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Host: Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE) - Benin
In November 2011, Both ENDS introduced the Negotiated Approach (NA) to Integrated Water Resources Management to 6 partner organisations in Africa (ELCI (Kenya), NAPE (Uganda), Development Institute (Ghana), JVE (Togo/Benin), Nile Basin Discourse, Friends of Lake Turkana (Kenya)).
The NA is a unique approach to participatory IWRM, developed by, and based on the concrete experiences of, a number of civil society organisations in India, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Indonesia. The NA shifts the initiative for the development and implementation of river basin plans from the state to actors in civil society. It is an approach aimed at empowering civil society to sustainably manage their own resources, by enabling them to protect and fulfil their rights, and propose and negotiate viable long term strategies to alleviate poverty and ensure healthy ecosystems.
All of the organisations present felt the NA could be an added value to their ongoing work on sustainable water resources/ river basin management, and expressed interest to take up the approach. At an informal meeting at the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille in March 2012, the group decided to all engage in a similar process to really start the NA process through the development of an inception report. This inception phase involves a desk-, and field study to gather essential base information needed to develop a context-specific strategy plan to introduce the NA in their region. These studies will be carried out according to a format provided by NA expert Gomukh in India (see annex 1).
Meanwhile an official commitment was presented in Marseille by a broader alliance of 21 NGO's, including most present in Entebbe, to implement participatory IWRM in 15 River Basins in the world
Goals of this meeting
The aim of the workshop in Benin is to:
1. Share and discuss the outcomes of the respective inception studies and each participants’ specific experiences with sustainable, participatory IWRM, with the ‘Entebbe group’ as well as other (West-African) CSOs working on IWRM.
2. Get tailored advice from experts and peers: specifically related to 1) local participation, empowerment and institution building, and 2) integration of ecosystem restoration and conservation in water management planning. At least two experts will be invited for this purpose: prof. Vijay Paranjype (Gomukh, India, NA expert/initiator) and an expert on sustainable management of ecosystems/ HCVA/ Wetland protection (Bakary Kone, Mali, tbc).
3. Share and discuss the role of civil society and the potential of the NA, in managing African river basins with interested local, national and regional authorities, donors and embassies.
4. Discuss appropriate ways to continue sharing experiences and challenges /potential to build an African CSO network on IWRM (both for sharing and joint policy influencing).
5. Discuss efforts undertaken so far to acquire funding for a substantial NA in Africa programme and agree on next steps.
List of participants
- Mawusé HOUNTONDJI, JVE Benin
- Christian HOUNKANNOU, JVE Benin
- Sena Alouka, Jeune Voluntaire d’Environment, Togo
- Dowou Etche, JVE Togo, Togo
- Anani Kondo, JVE Togo, Togo
- Halinishi Yusuf, Environment Liaison Centre International, Kenya
- Serah Munguti, Nature Kenya, Kenya
- Robert Kugonza, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Uganda
- Dickens Kamugisha, Africa Institute for Energy Governance, Uganda
- Abby Onencan, Nile Basin Discouse, Uganda
- Ken Kinney, Development Institute, Ghana
- Vijay Paranjpye, Gomukh Trust, India
- Tobias Schmitz, Both ENDS
- Annelieke Douma, Both ENDS
- Mane Amy Kebe, OMVS/African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO)
- Bakary Kone, Wetlands Mali
- Emmanual Seck, ENDA/representative of Drynet http://www.dry-net.org/
- Mame Tacko Diallo, Eau Vive Sénégal
- Ibrahim Toko, Aquaded Bénin, Bénin
- Josea S. Dossou-Bodjrenou, Nature Tropicale, Bénin