Community Participation in Water Resource Management - East Africa

Group discussion

Background

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with the Pangani River Basin Management Project (PRBMP) partners, and the Wami-Ruvu and Pangani Basin Boards in Tanzania, held a 3 day workshop on sharing experiences around community participation in water resources management in Tanzania and East Africa.

The workshop took place from September 14th to 16th, 2010 in Morogoro, Tanzania. The objectives were to:

1. To share experience and knowledge on community participation in water resources management in Tanzania (and East Africa ) including

  • Lessons and challenges on establishment and/or operationalization of Water User Associations (WUAs),
  • Sustainability mechanisms of WUAs,
  • Relationships and/or interactions of WUAs with other institutions at the local level

2. To develop recommendations  (such as guidelines) on how to improve community participation in water resources management in Tanzania (and East Africa). This includes documenting the process, and thinking about ways to communicate.

3. To create a network in Tanzania (and East Africa) to continually share information on community participation and engagement around water user associations.

Effluent from industrial ponds in Morogoro

Results and Outputs

The meeting was attended by about 50 participants drawn from the 9 (nine) Basin Water Offices in Tanzania especially community development officers; representatives from Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia especially those involved with community participation.

The main outputs of the meeting were:

• Documented discussion of learning and lesson sharing on the formation of water user associations, their operations, sustainability and relationship with other institutions,
• A set of recommendation on how to improve community participation in water resources management including action plans on operationalizing and/or implementation of various processes for the water user association (steps for the establishment, financial/management sustainability, internal/external relationship and emerging issues); and
• A set of ideas on how to continue sharing the information on community participation in water resources management

There was also a field trip to sites areound Morogoro where water user associations are being established.

Below are presentations and resources from the workshop.

Communicating Water Resource Management Water Resource Management - Tanzania Water Resource Management - Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia Forming Water User Associations - Tanzania Water Resource Management Act - Tanzania