RECORDING PLENARY: Managing Change and Transition 1

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Anna San Llorente Capdevila

Community Manager, IHE Delft

Alumni of IHE Delft from the Master's programme of Erasmus Mundus Groudnwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptations. Academic background starts with Bsc in Marine biology and Oceanography at the Unviersity of Southampton. After graduating she moved onto collecting further science experience in various fields: ranging from hydro-geology, engineering, to citizen science. Alongside her science skills she has always been an advocate science communication, and for this reason she is now working in Science Communication at IHE Delft.
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If i may make a suggestion for these videos of experts, is to avoid using background music while the speakers are talking, since it makes harder to hear and listening well is essential.

José Raúl Pérez Durán (INDRHI. Dominican Republic)

Thinking on our context in my home-country, the Dominican Republic

What do we need to stop doing?

  • Make drawings and budgets without first asking the community what they need and what they want.
  • Drafting project memoirs without any consideration to social impact.
  • Invest in infrastructure without a social and economic feasibility analysis.
  • Make individual, uninformed investment decisions.
  • Be careless about investing and provide services with implicit subsidies, with little to no commitment from the community, and not even knowing who is paying the bill and what is the cost of providing and having water.
  • Being overstaffed in government institutions and operate under a paternalistic policy and with a patronage and political clientalism views to management of government institutions and public spending.
  • Leave politicians do all they want and turn upside down institutions and processes without being able to complain.

 

What do we need to do more of?

  • Consolidate the irrigation management transfer process to water users associations (irrigation) in a participatory approach.
  • Partner more with water users associations (irrigation boards) and lead them to become more capable and “independent”, and “invent” with them what could be the next level of the transfer process.
  • Recognize the role of women in water management.
  • Teach community members and children, teenagers and young people in primary and secondary school age about importance of water and hygiene, water quality, the value of water, how to protect water bodies and water sources.

 

What we have to start doing?

  • Inform and involve the community leaders in discussions of design and project alternatives and, as much as it is possible and practical, also in investment decisions.
  • Define well what are the social and economics (plus environmental) impacts of a project, monitor and follow-up long enough after investments are made.
  • Measure projects results and water systems performance based on social, technical, environmental and economic indicators.
  • Regulate water utilities and water agencies, promoting efficient performance, achieving goals, as well as transparency and democracy.
  • Involve community committees in project supervision.

 

 José Raúl Pérez Durán (INDRHI – water resources institute - Dominican Republic)