Posted on August 13, 2019 by Lillian Holmes
|Authoring Organizations:||Pacific Institute|
|Consulting Organizations:||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH|
|Last Updated||Aug 13, 2019|
In-depth and considered consultation with key stakeholders will lead to a better partnership and meaningful solutions to local water challenges. Focused consultations with stakeholders and prospective partners can help identify the main local water challenges that impact them and validate supporting information already gathered to help with collective decision-making in a partnership. These consultations can also provide opportunities for stakeholders to articulate whether they need guidance, support, or capacity-building to make their contribution to the partnership.
Without adequate stakeholder engagement, interventions to address water challenges may not be accepted or adopted by prospective partners. Additionally, stakeholders may fail to maintain project work longer-term if they do not feel invested in the outcomes of the partnership.
The Pangani River Basin straddles Kenya and Tanzania with 95% of the catchment in the latter country. The Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB), the Upper Kikuletwa Water User Association (WUA), the Tanzanian Horticulture Association (TAHA), Usa River Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (USAWASSA), the Meru District Council, Kiliflora Limited, and GIZ IWaSP Tanzania formed the SUWAMA partnership (Partnership for Sustainable Water Stewardship in Usa River) to address water challenges in the Usa river sub-catchment. To ensure coordinated action, the Pangani Basin Water Board works closely with important local stakeholders, including local government, community organisations, and businesses to address water-related challenges in the basin.
In the Usa River catchment, the Teema Spring, which feeds the community drinking water supply, was under threat from local pollution. The community who depended on the spring were invited to be closely involved in identifying water challenges as well as implementing solutions. The SUWAMA partnership identified source protection through local land management as a way to prevent water pollution from local community activities such as washing clothes near the spring or farming. This local solution made the challenge and solution more tangible to the community. Crucially, the community benefitting from the intervention contributed in a meaningful way to the solution. Local farmers and community members planted trees to prevent siltation from surrounding deforested areas and restored a local irrigation furrow. This community intervention created a local sense of ownership for the project because everyone felt invested.
Water Action Hub Staff
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