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Designing and implementing decentralized water resource management projects and solutions

To kick-start this e-discussion we would like to hear from you on the following key questions: What are the challenges encountered in designing and implementing decentralized water resource management projects and solutions in your communities/country? Please share your experiences in addressing these challenges.

Scarcity of water due to hotter and drier conditions on the one hand and more and more unpredictable rainfall, increasing the risk of flash flooding, on the other hand, make communities in developing countries most vulnerable to climate change. Central water supply and supporting infrastructure, such as dams, pipelines and pumping stations can be also impacted by l disasters, such as hurricanes, storm surges, floods or landslides. Providing safe water to all can also be a challenge to governments, especially in regions difficult to access. Therefore, decentralized solutions for water resource management play an important role in resilience building for these communities. We published two case studies from the Caribbean and Nepal which show how different solutions for decentralized water resource management can be adapted to the circumstances and help build resilience.

Learn more about successful projects in our case studies from the Caribbean and Nepal:


We are looking forward to hearing how you are adressing these challenges?

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    Yes, in Cambodia some communites have formed Farmer Water User Group to manage water in their communities or having individual person built small irrigation and sell water in the communities.
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  • Please to share you what we have covered good practices for climate change adaptation in water resources management in Cambodia through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpZ9XFgVXSU
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  • you also can find other practices on our SPCR Cambodia website through this link: http://spcrcambodia.org/en/video-documentary/
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  • We are pleased to welcome any questions from you all regarding these adaptations. Thanks!
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  • Thanks again, Porny. Can you also share with us how the farmer water user group makes the system to function well?
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  • They have selected the volunteers within the communities to form a committee. The communities voted for them to play role as presidents, treasurer, secretariat...to manage this system. the communities have to pay member fee. the committee develop schedule among farmers for water pumping into their rice fields.
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  • In addition, our SPCR have been trying to promote and document available local adaptation measures with local authories and communities including capacity building such as adaptation planning into their community development funds, household rain water harvesting, drip, livelihood options, crop diversification, adaptation guide, guideline... 
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  • With the change in temperature and rainfall pattern, the Royal Government of Bhutan is facing serious challenges in managing water resources be it at centeral or at the local level. in order to overcome such issues various measures are being taken at various level. At the centeral leve, the Government has institutionalized specific body i.e. Water Division under the National Environment Commission to look after water related programes, policies and laws. And at the local level, inline with the provisions of the Water Act, 2011, Water User Associations are also being formed.

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  • Similarly, under Pillar 2 of the SPCR i.e. Preparedness, food and water security, detail study and analysis of climate impact on  water scarecity is being initiated with the identification of targeted watersheds and water sources for interventions. 

     

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