Using data collection to build trust and ownership in transboundary water allocation planning: a case study from the Mara River Basin

Lauren Zielinski, Michael McClain*, William Ojwang, Christian Joseph, David Tickner, Gordon Mumbo, Ali Said Matano, Joel Nobert, Annette Huber-Lee

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Abstract

Following a 2015 Memorandum of Understanding, efforts began to develop a transboundary water allocation plan in the Mara River Basin between Kenya and Tanzania. Many lessons were learned along that way, including the importance of involving basin and national water authorities in all phases of data collection, planning and decision-making; understanding existing water management structures to promote communication and cooperation within countries; and using locally collected data whenever possible. Applying these concepts to future efforts can promote, although not ensure, ownership of the process within each country, trust between countries, and productive discussions around transboundary water resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1024
Number of pages11
JournalWater International
Volume48
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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Keywords

  • data
  • Mara River Basin
  • ownership
  • transboundary
  • water allocation

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