WWF-UK invests in multi-stakeholder partnerships with help of Wageningen UR

Published on
March 15, 2016

Last week WWF-UK organized a workshop on multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) in order to exchange experiences and distil insights of WWF offices around the world. This workshop was held in India from 29 February to 4 March 2016 and involved participants from the WWF country offices managing four of the five river basin programmes that form part of the HSBC Water Programme (HWP): the Pantanal, Mara, Ganga, and Yangtze. Wageningen UR, Centre for Development Innovation co-facilitated this workshop.

The workshop illustrates how WWF sees MSPs as a key part of its strategy. The ultimate outcomes of WWFs work is to have stronger water governance mechanisms, leading to cleaner rivers, better protected species, and reduced water footprints of water users in these basins. Although the type of MSPs differ in each geographical locality, the workshop was successful in facilitating cross-basin learning about work already done on MSPs. Each basin team was provided with the tools required to strengthen and build upon existing MSPs to ensure their sustainability, and maximise their impact and policy influence. Participants came from India, China, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, and the UK.

Credit: Anne-Claire Loftus/WWF-UK
Credit: Anne-Claire Loftus/WWF-UK

Participants used the MSP Guide, a recent publication of the Wageningen UR, Centre for Development Innovation, as a key reference. This Guide provides a practical framework for the design and facilitation of collaborative processes that work across the boundaries of business, government, civil society and science. It links the underlying rationale for multi-stakeholder partnerships, with a clear four phase process model, a set of seven core principles, key ideas for facilitation and 60 participatory tools for analysis, planning and decision making.

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