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CIDS Journal 2004-02: How Community-Based Research Influences National Policy on Water Management in the Philippines

This paper describes a process of communicating Community-Based Water Management (CBWM) research results to policy. It describes the method as “loops of a spiral,” i.e., multi-stakeholder and participatory policy analysis where policy makers and researchers work together toward a policy solution. This process was done Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines, and some of the lessons learned were brought up to the national level. Three key issues comprised the policy advocacy agenda: a) a rapid degradation of water resources even in remotely rural communities, b) a community-based methodology for monitoring water quality and trends, and c) a watershed-based planning approach for water management. Scaling up of the research results, however, meant that community-based researchers needed to partner with certain national agencies for policy advocacy. The strategic choice of partners facilitated the snowballing of the policy cause not just within national agencies but also with sub-national entities. The authors, however, argue that this policy advocacy is still in progress and impacts are not yet discernible. Nonetheless, the solid research done with community participation, the local policy impacts, and the strategic partnerships forged may be factors that define a possible best-practice approach in influencing national water policy from a community-based research perspective.

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Authors Keywords
Rola, Agnes C.; Liguton, Jennifer P.T.; Elazegui, Dulce D.; water policies; community-based water management; water policy; participatory policy analysis; partnerships; Bukidnon;
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