As they provide a negotiating space for a diversity of interests, Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) are an increasingly popular mode of involving civil society in resource management decisions. This book focuses on water management to take a positive, if critical, look at this phenomenon. Illustrated by a wide geographical range of case studies from both developed and developing worlds, it recognizes that MSPs will neither automatically break down divides nor bring actors to the table on an equal footing, and argues that MSPs may in some cases do more harm than good. The volume then examines how MSPs can make a difference and how they might successfully co-opt the public, private and civil-society sectors. The book highlights the particular difficulties of MSPs when dealing with integrated water management programmes, explaining how MSPs are most successful at a less complex and more local level. It finally questions whether MSPs are - or can be - sustainable, and puts forward suggestions for improving their durability.

chapter 2|10 pages

The Nature of the Beast: Towards a Comparative MSP Typology

ByJeroen Warner, Annemiek Verhallen

chapter 7|14 pages

The International Zwin Commission: The Beauty of a Mayfly?

ByLeo Santbergen

chapter 9|14 pages

‘Yakunchik': Coming to Agreement after Violence in Perú

ByMaría Teresa Oré

chapter 10|14 pages

Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Surface and Groundwater Management in the Lerma-Chapala Basin, Mexico

ByPhilippus Wester, Jaime Hoogesteger van Dijk, Hans Paters

chapter 11|26 pages

Less Tension, Limited Decision: A Multi-Stakeholder Platform to Review a Contested Sanitation Project in Tiquipaya, Bolivia

ByNicolas Faysse, Vladimir Cossío, Franz Quiroz, Raúl Ampuero, Bernardo Paz

chapter 12|14 pages

Multi-Stakeholder Dissonance in the South African Water Arena

ByEliab Simpungwe, Pieter Waalewijn, Bert Raven

chapter 13|30 pages

Mekong Region Water-Related MSPs – Unfulfilled Potential

ByJohn Dore

chapter 16|14 pages

Towards Evaluating MSPs for Integrated Catchment Management

ByAnnemiek Verhallen, Jeroen Warner, Leo Santbergen