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Participatory assessment of water developments in an atoll town

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Water development projects often fail, which represents a poor outcome given the limited progress

    against the Millennium Development Goals in providing people with adequate water and sanitation

    services. This may not be surprising given that water management has been identified as being in the

    complex system domain. According to the Cynefin framework, many traditional approaches are not

    suitable; but it suggests an approach based on the methods of probe, sense and respond. In line with

    this general framework, a participatory assessment methodology has been used to explore experiences

    in the atoll town of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati. After framing the case study, information was

    collected providing multiple perspectives and these include narrative sources. When reviewing

    previous experiences, project implementations are seen as probes or disturbances to the system from

    which patterns of behaviour can be sensed. For this purpose, the critical factors leading to success or

    failure are described using network representations. These are then used to inductively sense system

    patterns, and the conclusions thereupon reinforce key recommendations in a recent United Nations

    report. Additionally, the findings in this paper feed into a larger study where Agent-based simulation

    and Bayesian networks are used in a participatory setting for integrated assessments.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Moglia, M. & Perez, P. (2008). Participatory assessment of water developments in an atoll town. In C. Pahl-Wostl, P. Kabat & J. Möltgen (Eds.), Adaptive and integrated water management: coping with complexity and uncertainty (pp. 381-403). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/64

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  • 381

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  • 403

Abstract


  • Water development projects often fail, which represents a poor outcome given the limited progress

    against the Millennium Development Goals in providing people with adequate water and sanitation

    services. This may not be surprising given that water management has been identified as being in the

    complex system domain. According to the Cynefin framework, many traditional approaches are not

    suitable; but it suggests an approach based on the methods of probe, sense and respond. In line with

    this general framework, a participatory assessment methodology has been used to explore experiences

    in the atoll town of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati. After framing the case study, information was

    collected providing multiple perspectives and these include narrative sources. When reviewing

    previous experiences, project implementations are seen as probes or disturbances to the system from

    which patterns of behaviour can be sensed. For this purpose, the critical factors leading to success or

    failure are described using network representations. These are then used to inductively sense system

    patterns, and the conclusions thereupon reinforce key recommendations in a recent United Nations

    report. Additionally, the findings in this paper feed into a larger study where Agent-based simulation

    and Bayesian networks are used in a participatory setting for integrated assessments.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Moglia, M. & Perez, P. (2008). Participatory assessment of water developments in an atoll town. In C. Pahl-Wostl, P. Kabat & J. Möltgen (Eds.), Adaptive and integrated water management: coping with complexity and uncertainty (pp. 381-403). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/64

Start Page


  • 381

End Page


  • 403