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Problemshed or Watershed? Participatory Modeling towards IWRM in North Ghana

Daré William's, Venot Jean-Philippe, Le Page Christophe, Aduna Aaron. 2018. Problemshed or Watershed? Participatory Modeling towards IWRM in North Ghana. Water, 10 (6):721, 23 p.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : WATER RESOURCES

Abstract : This paper is a reflexive analysis of a three-year participatory water research project conducted in the Upper East Region (UER) of Ghana, whose explicit objective was to initiate a multi-level dialogue to support the national Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policy framework. The transdisciplinary team adopted the Companion Modeling approach (ComMod), using role-playing games and a computerized agent-based model to support the identification of a problemshed centered on issues of river bank cultivation, erosion, and flooding, and initiate a multi-level dialogue on ways that this problemshed could be tackled. On the basis of this experience, we identify three key criteria for transdisciplinary research to support innovative water governance: (1) the iterative adaptation of tools and facilitation techniques based on feedback from participants; (2) a common understanding of the objectives pursued and the approach used among researchers, who need to explicit their posture, and crucially; (3) the co-identification of a problemshed that diverse stakeholders are interested in tackling. Finally, we argue that the context in which research is funded and conducted in the development sector constitutes a challenge for researchers to be “participants like any other” in the projects they coordinate, which constitutes a barrier to true transdisciplinarity.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Modélisation environnementale, Conservation de l'eau, Gouvernance

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Ghana

Mots-clés complémentaires : Jeu de role

Classification Agris : P10 - Water resources and management
U10 - Computer science, mathematics and statistics

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Daré William's, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Venot Jean-Philippe, IRD (FRA)
  • Le Page Christophe, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1920-0091
  • Aduna Aaron, WRC-WVBB (GHA)

Source : Cirad-Agritrop (https://agritrop.cirad.fr/588723/)

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