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Participatory values-based risk management for the water sector

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Water planning and management are faced with increasing levels of uncertainty, complexity and

    conflict. Multiple decision makers and managers, legislative requirements, competing interests,

    scarcity of resources, deskilling of management agencies and large uncertainties about the future in a

    more connected and rapidly changing world, are all drivers for the need to develop improved

    approaches to aid decision making in the water sector. This paper proposes a “participatory valuesbased

    risk management approach”, designed to help to make uncertainties explicit, structure

    complexity in more understandable forms, increase collaboration and manage conflict. The approach

    will be explained through a case study example: the creation of the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary

    Management Plan in NSW, Australia. This process, driven by local government, included three

    interactive stakeholder workshops based on stages of a generalised “participatory modelling process

    to aid decision making” and the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS

    4360:2004), as well as an external scientific and legislative review. A range of stakeholders from state

    and local governments, the water authority, local industries, community associations and residents

    took part in the process stages of: “initial context establishment” including the definition of estuarine

    values, issues and current management practices; “risk assessment” based on the stakeholder

    defined values (assets) and issues (risks); and “strategy formulation” to treat the highly prioritised risks

    as input to the estuary management action (or “risk response” plan). As the plan has not been finalised

    or implemented, the external process effectiveness can not yet be properly gauged. However,

    preliminary evaluation results appear to demonstrate that the process is efficient from time and

    budgetary perspectives and has a number of other potential benefits which will be outlined in this

    paper. Other lessons learnt and possible suggestions for best-practice when using such an approach

    in future water sector applications will also be highlighted.

Authors


  •   Daniell, Katherine A. (external author)
  •   Coad, Peter (external author)
  •   Ferrand, Nils (external author)
  •   Professor Ian White, Ian (external author)
  •   Jones, N (external author)
  •   Guise, K (external author)
  •   Marvell, C (external author)
  •   Burn, Stewart (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Daniell, K. A., Coad, P., Ferrand, N., White, I., Jones, N., Guise, K., Marvell, C., Burn, S. & Perez, P. (2008). Participatory values-based risk management for the water sector. In M. F. Lambert, T. M. Daniell & M. Leonard (Eds.), Proceedings of the Water Down Under 2008: incorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, and, 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (pp. 969-981). Modbury, SA: Engineers Australia.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/57

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Abstract


  • Water planning and management are faced with increasing levels of uncertainty, complexity and

    conflict. Multiple decision makers and managers, legislative requirements, competing interests,

    scarcity of resources, deskilling of management agencies and large uncertainties about the future in a

    more connected and rapidly changing world, are all drivers for the need to develop improved

    approaches to aid decision making in the water sector. This paper proposes a “participatory valuesbased

    risk management approach”, designed to help to make uncertainties explicit, structure

    complexity in more understandable forms, increase collaboration and manage conflict. The approach

    will be explained through a case study example: the creation of the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary

    Management Plan in NSW, Australia. This process, driven by local government, included three

    interactive stakeholder workshops based on stages of a generalised “participatory modelling process

    to aid decision making” and the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS

    4360:2004), as well as an external scientific and legislative review. A range of stakeholders from state

    and local governments, the water authority, local industries, community associations and residents

    took part in the process stages of: “initial context establishment” including the definition of estuarine

    values, issues and current management practices; “risk assessment” based on the stakeholder

    defined values (assets) and issues (risks); and “strategy formulation” to treat the highly prioritised risks

    as input to the estuary management action (or “risk response” plan). As the plan has not been finalised

    or implemented, the external process effectiveness can not yet be properly gauged. However,

    preliminary evaluation results appear to demonstrate that the process is efficient from time and

    budgetary perspectives and has a number of other potential benefits which will be outlined in this

    paper. Other lessons learnt and possible suggestions for best-practice when using such an approach

    in future water sector applications will also be highlighted.

Authors


  •   Daniell, Katherine A. (external author)
  •   Coad, Peter (external author)
  •   Ferrand, Nils (external author)
  •   Professor Ian White, Ian (external author)
  •   Jones, N (external author)
  •   Guise, K (external author)
  •   Marvell, C (external author)
  •   Burn, Stewart (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Daniell, K. A., Coad, P., Ferrand, N., White, I., Jones, N., Guise, K., Marvell, C., Burn, S. & Perez, P. (2008). Participatory values-based risk management for the water sector. In M. F. Lambert, T. M. Daniell & M. Leonard (Eds.), Proceedings of the Water Down Under 2008: incorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, and, 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (pp. 969-981). Modbury, SA: Engineers Australia.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/57

Start Page


  • 969

End Page


  • 981