Assessing and anticipating the consequences of introducing benefit sharing mechanisms

Published on 13 July 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 30 November 2013


Through this project, basin stakeholders will have new opportunities to care for and reap the advantages of their local water and soil resources, leading to improvements in their livelihoods. It is intended that conflict between water and land users will have been diminished through the development and implementation of fair and equitable water and land reallocation mechanisms and rights, which will ultimately contribute to improving the livelihoods of stakeholders.

Local and regional governance will also benefit from this project because resources and efforts can be redirected to other urgent problems. Social organization will become more inclusive and focused to deal with peoples’ demands in closer contact with policy-makers at local scales. Finally, downstream water users will have a more abundant and reliable supply of clean water while upstream communities will benefit from investments that improve the productivity of their agroecosystems. In return, upstream communities will agree to cease the unsustainable exploitation of catchment areas key to downstream water supply.

Donor: CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

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