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Delving into the Divisive Waters of River Basin Planning in Bolivia: A Case Study in the Cochabamba Valley

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Latin America Center, Stockholm Environment Institute, Calle 71 No. 11-10, 110231 Bogotá, Colombia
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Independent Consultant, 170001 Manizales, Colombia
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Independent Consultant, 2500 Cochabamba, Bolivia
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Independent Consultant, 703030 Sucre, Bolivia
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Stockholm Environment Institute, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Water 2021, 13(2), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020190
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 16 December 2020 / Accepted: 5 January 2021 / Published: 14 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Resources Management Models for Policy Assessment)
River basin planning in Bolivia is a relatively new endeavor that is primed for innovation and learning. One important learning opportunity relates to connecting watershed planning to processes within other planning units (e.g., municipalities) that have water management implications. A second opportunity relates to integrating watershed management, with a focus on land-based interventions, and water resources management, with a focus on the use and control of surface and groundwater resources. Bolivia’s River Basin Policy and its primary planning instrument, the River Basin Master Plan (PDC in Spanish), provide the relevant innovation and learning context. Official guidance related to PDC development lacks explicit instructions related to the use of analytical tools, the definition of spatially and temporally dis-aggregated indicators to evaluate specific watershed and water management interventions, and a description of the exact way stakeholders engage in the evaluation process. This paper describes an effort to adapt the tenets of a novel planning support practice, Robust Decision Support (RDS), to the official guidelines of PDC development. The work enabled stakeholders to discern positive and negative interactions among water management interventions related to overall system performance, hydrologic risk management, and ecosystem functions; use indicators across varying spatial and temporal reference frames; and identify management strategies to improve outcomes and mitigate cross-regional or inter-sectorial conflicts. View Full-Text
Keywords: water resources systems; participatory modeling; river basin planning; watershed management; water scarcity; water conflicts; Robust Decision Support; WEAP; Integrated Water Resources Management; Bolivia water resources systems; participatory modeling; river basin planning; watershed management; water scarcity; water conflicts; Robust Decision Support; WEAP; Integrated Water Resources Management; Bolivia
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Lima-Quispe, N.; Coleoni, C.; Rincón, W.; Gutierrez, Z.; Zubieta, F.; Nuñez, S.; Iriarte, J.; Saldías, C.; Purkey, D.; Escobar, M.; Angarita, H. Delving into the Divisive Waters of River Basin Planning in Bolivia: A Case Study in the Cochabamba Valley. Water 2021, 13, 190. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020190

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Lima-Quispe N, Coleoni C, Rincón W, Gutierrez Z, Zubieta F, Nuñez S, Iriarte J, Saldías C, Purkey D, Escobar M, Angarita H. Delving into the Divisive Waters of River Basin Planning in Bolivia: A Case Study in the Cochabamba Valley. Water. 2021; 13(2):190. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020190

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Lima-Quispe, Nilo; Coleoni, Cláudia; Rincón, Wilford; Gutierrez, Zulema; Zubieta, Freddy; Nuñez, Sergio; Iriarte, Jorge; Saldías, Cecilia; Purkey, David; Escobar, Marisa; Angarita, Héctor. 2021. "Delving into the Divisive Waters of River Basin Planning in Bolivia: A Case Study in the Cochabamba Valley" Water 13, no. 2: 190. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020190

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