COMPANDES: Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms to improve water productivity and reduce water-related conflicts in selected basins

Published on 13 July 2011

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Start Date: 1 December 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2013


The goal of this work is to define the terms that will promote voluntary participation in benefit sharing mechanisms (BSM) in order to increase the likelihood of sustained compliance. Research methods will focus on participatory visioning and constraints analysis carried out at the local level in the defined basins. The resolution of such land-water use conflicts will contribute to improving the livelihoods of stakeholders.

Local and regional governance will also benefit 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 should agree to cease the unsustainable exploitation of catchment areas that are key to downstream water supply.

Donor: Challenge Program on Water and Food (through King’s College London)


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