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Integrated assessment - how does it help unpack water access by marginalized farmers?

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Hamilton, SH and Merritt, WS and Das, M and Rahman, MW and Bhuiya, SS and Carter, L and Cosijn, M and Roth, CH and Singha, S and Syme, GJ, Integrated assessment - how does it help unpack water access by marginalized farmers?, Water (Switzerland), 12, (12) Article 3444. ISSN 2073-4441 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/w12123444

Abstract

Water is critical to the lives and livelihoods of rural communities in developing countries; however, access to water can be inequitable within communities. This paper uses a generalized integrated assessment approach to explore the determinants of water access by marginalized farmers in two villages in coastal Bangladesh, before and after the setup of local water institutions. The study was part of a broader project aimed at promoting socially inclusive agricultural intensification. An integrative framework was developed in this study to capture and link the diverse range of factors that influence the distribution of water, including the often-overlooked role of social dynamics and governance arrangements. While interventions around improving water resource infrastructure can be critical for freshwater availability, the case studies show that a breakdown of asymmetric power structures may also be needed for water access to all individuals, especially marginalized groups. Establishing a community-based water institution on its own does not necessarily address power issues in a community. It is imperative that the agency and capacities of the marginalized members are developed and that the institutional arrangements foster an enabling environment for marginalized members to influence decision making. Integrated assessment allowed the case studies to be explored from multiple perspectives so as to gain a greater understanding of the barriers and levers to obtaining equitable outcomes from water interventions.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:inclusive water management, marginalization, Bangladesh, water governance, South Asia, integrated assessment
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
UTAS Author:Syme, GJ (Professor Geoffrey Syme)
ID Code:150613
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2022-06-22
Last Modified:2022-06-22
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