Adaptive Collaborative Governance: Lessons and Insights from Academic Engagements with Water Institutions/Stakeholders in Three Philippine Watersheds

Organizer: Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA)

The panel draws from the Project 3 (Adaptive Collaborative Governance) findings of the University of the Philippines System-supported on-going program entitled “Toward Good Water Governance for Development: A Multi-Case Analysis” which looks into macro practices of governance in rural, urbanizing and urban settings, and micro (community-based) dynamics in three watershed environments in the Philippines. The project documents, assesses and compares water-related interventions by the EIDR teams in the Sagudin-Balili, Sta. Cruz and Tigumv Aganan watersheds from 2014-2016. The areas for analysis include entry points, institutional arrangements/mechanisms (structure, processes and activities) and initial outcomes of the interventions in terms of change in knowledge, attitude, skills and behaviour. Given the diversity of institutional anchor points (NGO coalition; private group of civil society actors working with LGU MENROs; GO-NGO-PO-academe board) and intervention types, the papers draw lessons and insights on the appropriate entry point for intervention; the value of science-based decision-making (role of university); the difference between a loosely organized group without a legal mandate versus an established group with a given/vested roles; and the importance of local champions.

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