An Extended Abstract for Symposium on TSP-Track 2-Dr.Eshwer Kale, WOTR
Applying Transformative Scenario Planning Process for transforming the Behavior of Water Users
Dr. Eshwer Kale,WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS), Pune, India
Hemant Pinjan, Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune, India
Finding sustainable solutions to complex issues is beyond the capacity of any single agency. The present dominant approach in the planning process is being adaptive or accepting what is happening with and around us. However, Transformative Scenario Planning provides a very useful framework that allows us to reshape the possible future which is unacceptable or unsustainable.
For applying this process, enrolling a team of people with a diverse and conflicting perspective on the given topic is the key. Collectively these diverse participants explore the important drivers which decide the course of future direction and build multiple scenarios or possible futures. The clarity on these possible futures, guide participants to come at a consensus on the collectively desired picture, and the roadmap for achieving it.
Watershed Organisation Trust applied this process in one of the drought-prone districts of Maharashtra on preparing diverse stakeholders to deal with the water situation that will occur in 2030 in their district. This process resulted in building capacity and positive attitudinal change as well as actions by participants by creating co-knowledge with providing scientific data.
Acknowledgements: The TSP process was planned and applied by WOTR with the guidance from Reos Partners through the Adaption at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (AASAR) project supported by DfID and IDRC. We acknowledge Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) for providing the financial support organising the TSP process. The workshops and documentations were possible because of many members of the thematic experts and communications team at WOTR, we acknowledge all of them.