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EEI SEMINAR: "What is essential for effective stakeholder engagement to ensure local sustainable water-related climate actions in coastal areas? Experiences from Ghana and Mexico", by David Smith

Date: 2019-01-09

Title: "What is essential for effective stakeholder engagement to ensure local sustainable water-related climate actions in coastal areas? Experiences from Ghana and Mexico."

Speaker: David Smith

Moderator: Beatriz Rodriquez Labajos

Day: Wednesday, 9th of January, 2019
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

Climate change impacts at coastal regions show the greatest need for intervention to ensure robust sustainability. Our research has focused on three main questions in relation to these impacts: How can bottom-up local knowledge on water and climate needs be identified and captured? What are the barriers to effective bottom-up knowledge and needs information gathering? What is the evidence of effective bottom-up knowledge and needs information interaction and integration? In order to research these questions we undertook an empirical approach to the investigation through engaging with stakeholders from two case studies on two continents (La Paz, Mexico; Accra, Ghana) highlighting the global nature of the climate impacts. The results have shown that the stakeholders concur in that there is a need to create or engage with the existing platforms, advisory groups, associations, committees or grass root organisations that incorporate all the local actors (in this context called Boundary or Bridge Organisation) and consulting (participatory approaches, workshops etc.) directly with local organisations are the most effective ways of obtaining bottom-up local knowledge and needs. In terms of evidencing that engagement with stakeholders has taken place the stakeholders from both sites have concurred that through the implementation of participatory methods; through the creation of partnerships, platforms, associations between relevant stakeholders (i.e. Boundary / Bridge organisations); through interest, motivation and community engagement; the implementation of education schemes at local level and through the local media reporting on the issues at hand, will show that engagement has taken place. Following this research we see the importance of boundary organisations in capturing and evidencing and overcoming the barriers to knowledge transfer from local level to decision-making level. We conclude by stating that further research should focus on how boundary organsations should be set-up, organised and what their roles should be within the water and climate challenges that the local coastal areas are facing specifically in developing countries.

David Smith has a Bachelors degree in Botany and Zoology (2000) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and an Honors Degree in Limnology (2001) from the same University. David has a Masters Degree in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University (UK) (2015). He is the director of the consulting company, Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B). His expertise in economic and social development is focused on environmental management, integrated water resource management, process innovations, business models, economic viability, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation and mitigation and capacity building. He has worked for four and a half years as a project coordinator at the research center, CTM, and 5 years (2003 – 2008) for the water and wastewater treatment company Thames Water Utilities Ltd, London, England. He was an elected board member (2012 – 2013) of the European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP), and Co-Chair the WssTP water reuse task force (2011 – 2013). He is currently a core member of the International Water Association Ecosystem Services Specialist group.

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