DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN POWER RELATIONS AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES IN WATER MANAGEMENT

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN POWER RELATIONS AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES IN WATER MANAGEMENT

 

Contextualization

It was generally discussed about the inclusion of vulnerable groups in decision-making and their associated challenges, one of them is public engagement in decision-making processes related to water resources management. The need for empowering invisible groups, providing opportunities for their speech and listening, and not neglecting vulnerable communities, refugees, indigenous peoples and other groups in discussions and participatory approaches, was discussed. It was discussed how some situations may change people’s attitude towards government agencies and authorities. One of them is a situation of conflicts over water, which become political struggles, whose participation in resistance to conflicts produces empowerment of participants, manifesting individual and collective changes in the personal sphere (psychological empowerment) and politics (political empowerment). It was pointed out that the lack of participation of women in decision-making spaces prevents their needs and interests from being adequately considered in the model of public water and sanitation policies.

Recommendations

As recommendations, the following stood out: the promotion of popular participation of the civil community in decision-making as a fundamental piece; the motivation and strengthening of women’s participation in this decision-making process and public policies for water resources management in social water territories; the promotion of a transformative education that changes the current scenario; the elaboration of clear and defined public policies for water resources with their respective regulation; effective river basin management; identifying areas of conflict and resolving potential disputes over water resources; and the discussion and construction of public policies with communities, native and riparian peoples.

Conclusions

Therefore, a water governance with participation of all, based on transformative education, is proposed. Breaking with the current decision-making and education model is essential to overcoming misery and including vulnerable groups.

COORDINATOR
REBECCA ABERS – BRAZIL

RAPPORTEUR
AMONRA ARUANDA SILVA BARBOSA – BRAZIL
LÍLIA DINIZ – BRAZIL

PANELISTS
CLAUDIO DI MAURO – BRAZIL
LYDIA MEADE – MEXICO
HANNA TSVIETKOVA – UKRAINE

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