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Water 2015, 7(12), 7078-7094; doi:10.3390/w7126675

Combining Expert and Stakeholder Knowledge to Define Water Management Priorities in the Mékrou River Basin

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra 21027, Italy
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Laboratoire d’Hydrologie Appliquée, Institut National de l’Eau, Cotonou 01BP: 4521, Benin
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Laboratoire d’Hydraulique et de Maîtrise de l’Eau, Institut National de l’Eau, Cotonou 01BP:526, Benin
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University of Abomey-Calavi, Institut National de l’Eau, Cotonou 01BP: 4521, Benin
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Academic Editor: Ashok Chapagain
Received: 23 June 2015 / Revised: 27 November 2015 / Accepted: 8 December 2015 / Published: 21 December 2015
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Abstract

Participatory approaches to water management, and specifically to transboundary river management, have been widely applied over recent decades. Regarding transboundary rivers, the active involvement of key actors in policy planning is of great importance. In this context, a participatory approach has been used to identify sectors of interest and priorities related to water and development in the Mékrou transboundary River Basin involving three countries: Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. We conducted a web-based survey to quantify expert opinion on sectors of water management policy and priorities for the Mékrou River Basin. The same set of questions was then put to a sample of local stakeholders living in this river basin. Our analysis reveals some points of convergence and some discrepancies between the opinions of experts and local stakeholders. Overall, it provides a comparative analysis of how experts and local stakeholders prioritize water policy measures, which could influence decision-making. View Full-Text
Keywords: participatory approaches; water; river basin; water management; web-survey; stakeholders participatory approaches; water; river basin; water management; web-survey; stakeholders
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Reynaud, A.; Markantonis, V.; Carmona Moreno, C.; N’Tcha M’Po, Y.; Sambienou, G.W.; Adandedji, F.M.; Afouda, A.; Agbossou, E.K.; Mama, D. Combining Expert and Stakeholder Knowledge to Define Water Management Priorities in the Mékrou River Basin. Water 2015, 7, 7078-7094.

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