Framing Water Policies: A Transdisciplinary Study of Collaborative Governance; the Katari River Basin (Bolivia)

Guadalupe Peres-Cajías, Afnan Agramont, Leonardo D. Villafuerte Philippsborn , Marc Craps, Nora Van Cauwenbergh, Ann Van Griensven

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Collaborative water governance deals with diverse actors under participatory systems of decision making. This form of water governance involves stakeholders with fundamentally different values and premises about water resources, as well as different understandings of the problem and how to approach it. Thus, one of the major challenges of collaborative water governance relies on the diversity of frames carried by stakeholders involved and the shift from hierarchical decision-making to a more collaborative and participative process. The fragmentation of frames can represent an obstacle, impede mutual understanding, and negatively influence decision making and policy outcomes. Based on participative observation, interviews, and document analysis, we explored the drivers behind the framing process in the multi-actor platform of the Katari River Basin, located in Bolivia. The results highlight a participatory process design favoring the fragmentation of frames and a unidirectional decision-making process, where public authority, scientific–technical expertise, and the local community’s knowledge are insulated, and communication among actors is asymmetrical. At the same time, this research reveals the influence of the political context in the framing process.
Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's19
Nummer van het tijdschrift22
StatusPublished - nov 2022

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Funding Information:
VLIR UOS IUC Phase II Partnership Project for the Institutional University Cooperation with Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, BO2022IUC034A105.

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