Negotiate : reaching agreements over water

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Author(s): Dore, John. ed. ; Robinson, Julia, ed. ; Smith, Mark, ed.; IUCN, Water and Nature Initiative
Published: 2010
Series: WANI Toolkit
ISBN: 978-2-8317-1028-0


Water practitioners are increasingly called upon to negotiate workable agreements about how to best use, manage and care for water resources. NEGOTIATE makes the case for constructive engagement and cooperative forms of negotiation in dealing with complex water issues. It unpacks constructive approaches such as Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) and consensus building, and finally focuses on the diversity of agreements which can be produced to regulate or encourage fairer and more effective water allocation and use.

This guide aims to provide practical tools for government officials, NGOs and local communities to create platforms for negotiations that are balanced and open, in order to arrive at collaborative action to improve water resources management.The book contains a brief overview of theory in this field, followed by practical tools and steps to change power relations. It describes how to analyse the issues and political play involved, convince colleagues and stakeholders, set up campaigns and advocacy, set in place participatory methods, enter negotiations, and move towards a multi-stakeholder platform for action.


1 John Dore AusAID
Dear Alain,

Case 3.1.1 'Exploring Water Futures Together' in the Mekong Region was co-convened by the M-POWER water governance network. CPWF-funded researchers led the organisation of the associated dialogues, and provided many of the catalytic knowledge inputs used to get the conversations moving. The detailed reports of key events can be downloaded from

Best regards, John
October 25, 2010 - 10:19
2 Alain Vidal
Dear John,

Great job, echoing questions I am often asked about in conferences, where until now I was referring to SHARE studies. I'dl like to know which ones draw on CPWF Phase 1 results (I at least detected COMMOD on N Thailand).


June 2, 2010 - 09:59
3 John Dore
Hello Ni Ni,
Although the book is the product of various authors, the Editors have tried to ensure that key words are clearly defined - in an extensive Glossary - and used consistently in all chapters. This should assist all readers, and especially translators!
May 28, 2010 - 05:18
4 IUCN Water
Dear Nini,

Many thanks for your positive feedback.
We have contacted our Asia office to respond to your request.
In general, the IUCN Water Programme conducts toolkit translations, based on demand and resource availability.

With best regards.
May 20, 2010 - 15:52
5 Khin Ni Ni Thein
The positive impact and usefulness of this book is far beyond the water sector. I think we should translate it into local languages. FLOW was translated by us into Burmese Language. If you agree we wish to translate this book into Burmese.
Best regards,
May 12, 2010 - 09:36
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