The DIALAQ project on sustainable groundwater management: a transdisciplinary and transcultural approach to participatory foresight

Richard-Ferroudji Audrey, Faysse Nicolas, Bouzidi Zhour, Menon Raghunath T.P., Rinaudo Jean-Daniel. 2016. The DIALAQ project on sustainable groundwater management: a transdisciplinary and transcultural approach to participatory foresight. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 20 : pp. 56-60.

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Abstract : In the past decades, groundwater over-exploitation has increased the vulnerability of users, social inequalities and environmental degradation. In this context, the DIALAQ project aimed to experiment and disseminate a participatory approach intended to strengthen stakeholders' capacity to implement more sustainable agricultural and groundwater management. DIALAQ's network encompasses 8 regions in 4 countries (India, Morocco, France and the United States) including groups of farmers, administration's representatives, NGOs, elected representatives and researchers from several disciplines. A seed funding enabled cooperation between academics and non-academic partners that led to the consolidation of the network and enabled the design of the project. Firstly, a focused review of literature on participatory foresight exercises in the field of groundwater management is presented. Secondly, the challenges and pathways taken in designing the research is described. This process resulted in a common methodological and ethical framework presented in conclusion. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : eau souterraine, Gestion des eaux, approches participatives, Développement durable, Projet de développement, Méthodologie, Éthique

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Inde, Maroc, États-Unis, France

Mots-clés complémentaires : Inégalité

Classification Agris : P10 - Water resources and management
U30 - Research methods
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Richard-Ferroudji Audrey, French Institute of Pondicherry (IND)
  • Faysse Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (THA)
  • Bouzidi Zhour, Université Moulay Ismaïl (MAR)
  • Menon Raghunath T.P., Centre for Ecology and Rural Development (IND)
  • Rinaudo Jean-Daniel, BRGM (FRA)

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