|The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN) have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar in the 2008 Poverty and Environment Seminar Series on:
Local Water Governance in Developing Countries, Part I
Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 13.30-16.30
Danish Institute for International Studies
Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K
Summary of the seminar
Water governance is becoming an increasingly significant issue in development agendas at local, national and international levels. Recent years have seen the introduction of water reforms in many developing countries, and most recently the climate change debate has highlighted the importance of ensuring viable frameworks for governing and allocating water resources among the many different stakeholders involved.
The new water laws and their associated approaches are often based on the introduction of new permit systems, and/or new institutional arrangements such as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). But what is actually the place for existing local institutions and customary rights in these new approaches? Do the new permit systems support pro-poor allocation of water resources at local levels? And to what extent can approaches such as IWRM effectively address local water conflicts and water cooperation?
These and related issues will be addressed through two seminars as part of the ongoing DIIS and DDRN Poverty & Environment Seminar Series.
In this first session, the focus is on current research and experiences from the field:
Mikkel Funder, Project Researcher, DIIS
13.35-13.55 Permit Systems in Africa: Creating or De-Creating Local
Hydraulic Property Rights?
Barbara van Koppen, Principal Researcher; Poverty, Gender and Water,
International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Southern Africa
13.55-14.15 Opportunities and Constraints for Addressing Local Water
Conflicts through Integrated Water Resources Management
Imasiku Nyambe, Professor, University of Zambia
14.15-14.30 Coffee Break
14.30-14.50 Institutional Reform and Local Water Conflict and Cooperation
Rocio Bustamante, Associate Professor, Centro Agua, Bolivia
14.50-15.35 Group Discussions
Participants break into groups to discuss implications for research
15.35-16.30 Plenary Discussion of Group Findings
Discussants: Thomas Skielboe (Nordeco) and Mikkel Funder (DIIS)
This is the fifth of six seminars in the 2008 Poverty and Environment Seminar Series, which is organised by the DDRN Working Group on poverty and environment.
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use below online registration form no later than Monday, 24 November 2008 at 12.00 noon.