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The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) helped create the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA), which brings together diverse stakeholders to achieve a legislative mandate.
Challenges around water management in the American West are deepening, as weather becomes more variable and, at times, severe. CBI has been working on water issues with communities in the West for a decade and has found “collaborative governance” to be a very helpful approach to bringing people together to address management of critical water resources. Collaborative water governance assumes that managing water is most effective when everyone is in support of the decision-making process and has a voice in critical issues that affect their lives and livelihoods. In this blog post, CBI West Director Gina Bartlett and CBI Senior Mediator Tania Carlone discuss the benefits and challenges of collaborative water governance in the American West.
Building on the development of Basin Roundtables for each of the state’s river basins, Colorado's 2015 water plan set a goal of developing stream or integrated water management plans for many of the state's rivers. Now in full swing, these efforts are attempting to meet a range of stakeholder needs by seeking consensus-based solutions such as operational changes, infrastructure improvements, and restoration alternatives. CBI Senior Mediator Ryan Golten and CBI Senior Consultant Dan Birch reflect on the challenge not just of technically integrated planning, but of the human dimension of collaboratively managing water.
In the Vina Basin in Northern California, the entire community is 100 percent reliant on groundwater for all water needs. CBI’s Senior Mediator Tania Carlone is helping the basin establish a groundwater sustainability agency and address the central issue of how to design a governance structure that will support the collaborative development of a sustainability plan for a basin where everyone has a stake.
Merrick Hoben and David Plumb explain three process observations from their work with palm oil and salmon in Latin America.
When Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) threatened public health and drinking water safety, CBI helped convene regional summits and create 12 action plans to address water quality in New York.
A comprehensive, collaborative process built by stakeholders can create solutions to conflicts over natural resource scarcity in California.
In California, CBI has been arms-deep in the creation of groundwater sustainability agencies to face pressing issues of water management. Bartlett contributed a post on building consensus in the creation process.
CBI helps local South Florida stakeholders develop a shared vision for the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary.
CBI’s 20th Anniversary Symposium brings together an extraordinary, global group of colleagues to generate ideas on how collaboration can help mitigate and resolve present and future conflicts.
At its 20th Anniversary Symposium, CBI focuses on the most significant challenges and opportunities for collaboration to improve water governance.
On its 20th Anniversary, CBI highlights how effective collaboration and conflict resolution can lead to better management of water sources for a diverse range of purposes and users.