Dr Kavin Narasimhan, Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey
This webinar presents the latest FutureDAMS research on the role of Water User Associations (WUAs) in community-based water management.
Community-based management (CBM) is central to effective water resources management irrespective of political ideologies. It provides an opportunity for end users (e.g., farmers, pastoralists, and households) to participate in the management and sharing of water resources equitably, effectively, and sustainably. Our case studies in communities in the Upper East Region (UER) of Ghana explored the purpose, roles and performance of Water User Associations (WUAs) – the institutional arrangements for CBM. Using a combination of data collection, computational modelling and analysis, our research describes the strategic context of community-driven water governance, the key enablers and barriers. What might this mean for involving communities in sustainable development? Watch the webinar where we present our research and emerging findings and discuss potential implications for future work.