Handbook for the participation of stakeholders and the civil society in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers
International Network of Basin Organizations - INBO General Secretariat 21, rue de Madrid 75008 PARIS – FRANCE firstname.lastname@example.org www.inbo-news.org ISBN : 978 2 95 63 6561 7 International Office for Water 21, rue de Madrid 75008 Paris - FRANCE Tel.: +33 1 44 90 88 60 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.iowater.org The participation of the Local authorities, the economic stakeholders and the civil society in water resource management is a crucial component for any water policy implementation. It has to be achieved at all relevant levels and particularly on a basin scale, whatever the type of basin: river, lake, aquifer, and national or transboundary basins; indeed, the basin is a critical place for developing participative approaches in the decision processes. Today, efforts must be increased to obtain a real and efficient participation at basin level, through various mechanisms within the basin organizations and different informal mechanisms and events promoting information and public consultation. To help this process, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Brazilian Network of Basin Organizations (REBOB), the International Office for Water (IOWater), with the support of the French National Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) have joined their forces to write this handbook. This document underlines why participation is so important in water resource management. It describes the key elements of the participation in water management and it gives numerous concrete examples from basins around the world which show what can be done to make the participation of stakeholders and civil society a reality and an added-value in the decision making process at basin level. This handbook is addressed to water-sector decision-makers and to those interested in developing their capacities for improving water management and increasing the participation of stakeholders and civil society.