Systemic feedback modelling for sustainable water resources management and agricultural development: an application of participatory modelling approach in the Volta River Basin

Kotir, Julius H., Brown, Greg, Marshall, Nadine, and Johnstone, Ron (2017) Systemic feedback modelling for sustainable water resources management and agricultural development: an application of participatory modelling approach in the Volta River Basin. Environmental Modelling and Software, 88. pp. 106-118.

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Abstract

Although our understanding of water resource problems has grown in recent years, our ability to improve decision-making is still limited. Participatory modelling and stakeholder engagement is seen as an important tool that can facilitate strategic decision-making in environmental/natural resource management systems. This paper presents the participatory and methodological processes involved in the development of an integrated qualitative, conceptual model using causal loops diagrams to assist integrated water resources management and sustainable agricultural development in the Volta River Basin, West Africa. The developed integrated conceptual model provides a holistic understanding of the key biophysical and socio-economic factors and processes, and the role the systemic feedbacks play in determining the basin's behaviour. An ex-post analysis of the process with stakeholders showed that the process contributed to the shared understanding of the basin's problems. Based on our experience we present some lessons for the design and application of a participatory modelling process.

Item ID: 50740
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1364-8152
Keywords: Africa, causal loop diagrams, conceptual modelling, feedback loops, stakeholder participation, system dynamics modelling
Funders: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Projects and Grants: CSIRO Integrated Natural Resources Management science program and school research grant
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 11:30
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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