Strengthening Community Participation

Water resources management is a multi-sectoral activity involving many players. One of the key principles in the management of water resources is to ensure the participation of all users or their representatives in planning, management and policy implementation at all levels. The involvement of all stakeholders is an integral part of the institutional framework for water management in the basin.

The Water Resources Management Act provides the roles and responsibilities for the Basin Boards, Water User Associations and catchment/sub-catchment Committees. These entities are centers for water use related conflict resolution. The PBWO is continuing to strengthen these centers through the following measures: (i) conduct situational analyses, (ii) establish and strengthen dialogue processes, and (iii) facilitate the formation and strengthening of Water User Associations.