Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Participatory water monitoring guide
The CAO (Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman), an independent post that reports directly to the President of the World Bank Group, recently published Participatory Water Monitoring : a Guide for Preventing and Managing Conflict. Developed in the context of a a major gold mining project in Peru, the guide aims to help communities, developers and others better understand and address concerns related to water quality and quantity, and to improve the quality of public discourse and collaboration. Several participation approaches to development of an effective participatory water monitoring program are explored in the guide: a community stream watch, a network of observers, monitoring committees, and independent technical experts. A useful appendix, Technical Background and Sampling Methods, helps explain scientific terminology and concepts. You can find the publication online.