Engaging stakeholders in water-energy-food-environment systems assessment and planningA FutureDAMS guide
We believe the guide’s 5 step process has the potential to create the most rigorous assessment of WEFE infrastructure, produce recommendations which have the widest societal support and identify how to maximise benefits whilst minimising negative impacts.
The guide essentially advocates a political process of bringing stakeholders together who have different interests and may disagree about what the priorities should be, and what development solutions are. Dams, and other water infrastructure, have far-reaching consequences. Whilst some dams are undoubtedly national icons, the infrastructure has a long history of controversy with unfulfilled economic impacts, significant displacement of people and wide-ranging negative environmental and climate consequences. Planning of the nexus therefore requires rigorous and inclusive process. This will likely create debate, but it is through discussion that a widely-accepted consensus can be forged or a solution found that genuinely maximises benefits whilst minimising costs.
Who is it for?
- Decision-makers of new and existing infrastructure in the water-food-energy-environment nexus.
- Policymakers undertaking strategic national or regional planning processes to identify the key developmental challenges and the solutions that can meet them.
- Non-governmental organisations, researchers and civil society groups who want to create, or advocate for, a participatory stakeholder plan for the Water-Food-Energy-Environment nexus