CoOPLAage at COP22 in Marrakech !

posted 10 Nov 2016, 07:02 by Wanda Aquae Gaudi   [ updated 10 Nov 2016, 10:04 ]

Come and meet the CoOPLers in the Marrakech COP22 Green Zone :
            • on wednesday Nov. 16th at 2pm at the Swiss Cooperation "Espace Jeunesse"
            • in our official side-event about accompaniying local collectives in steering changes, on thursday Nov. 17th at 3pm in the Bouregreg room
The launching seminar of the CoOPLers network will be held in Marrakech from Nov. 14th to Nov. 17th, in parallel to COP22.
During 3 days, CoOPLers from 9 countries in Africa, Europe and South America will meet, exchange and design future projects. At the issue of these 3 days, the CoOPLers network will be officially launched and these first members will be heads of more local networks / communities of practice in their own regions. 

This seminar has been made possible thanks to the financial support of Irstea, Cirad and French Ministry of External Affairs.

Lauching of the CoOPLers network !

posted 10 Nov 2016, 06:58 by Wanda Aquae Gaudi

CoOPLAage has been implemented in various countries and local champions have been trained. These CoOPLAage ambassadors are local pilots of change.
In order to foster exchanges and interaction dynamics between the various local coOPLAage projetcs, the CoOPLers network will be launched in november 2016, on the  occasion of COP22.
To know more about the CoOPLers, check the network webpage

FAO, Rome - Cooplaage presentation - 18/05/16

posted 17 May 2016, 06:01 by Wanda Aquae Gaudi

In cooperation with the FAO Water Platform and the Technical Network on Water, Nils Ferrand and Delphine L'Aot will present the Cooplaage toolkit to FAO staff in Rome. Wednesday 18 May, 11.00 – 12.30. Mexico Room (D-211)

OECD Water Governance Initiative - 2/3 Nov. 2015

posted 17 May 2016, 05:49 by Wanda Aquae Gaudi

6th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative
Workshop on advanced participation for water governance
November 3rd , 2015-OECD Headquarters, Paris

Organized by IRSTEA G-EAU/Cooplaage group


Date and place: November 3rd , 2015-OECD Headquarters, Paris

Context: 6th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative (The OECD Water Governance Initiative is a multi-stakeholder network of 100+ delegates from public, private and non-profit sectors gathering twice a year in a Policy Forum to share on-going reforms, projects, lessons and good practices in support of better governance in the water sector. Launched on 27-28 March 2013, it is coordinated by a multi-stakeholder steering committee)

Objectives of the workshop:

-       Engage delegates in a series of practical exercises on water governance to dig deeper into the role of stakeholders in water management and policies at different scales;

-       Explore new water governance regimes through modelling and simulation;

-       Discover a range of techniques based on the Wat-A-Game toolkit and the CoOPLAaGE set (CoOPLAaGE -Coupling innovative tools for sharing change in socio-environmental systems- is an innovative participation strategy and toolbox from IRSTEA, designed to support all stakeholders’ groups, from citizens to policy makers, in discussing and engaging really into change strategies in socio environmental systems).

Number of participants: 44 OECD-WGI members, including men and women; representatives of national Governments, regulators, basin authorities, universities and research institutes, NGOs, international organizations, donors, etc.; although Europe was largely represented among participants -with delegates from France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany and Portugal- representants from Mexico, Australia, Korea and Israel were also very active

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- Duration: 3 hours

- Coordinator: Dr Nils Ferrand

- Facilitators: Bruno Bonté, Dr Patrice Garin , Dr Emeline Hassenforder, Delphine L’Aot, Dr Sylvie Morardet, Benjamin Noury, Dr Sophie Richard

- Participants were divided in small groups of around 6

a) General introduction on participatory water governance and CoOPLAaGE

-       Participants were invited to consider new perspectives in participatory water governance, including larger stakeholders’ groups and the general public;

-       Some original and useful participation methods were introduced, relevant for the water governance cycle.

b) Practical session 

Wat-A-Game (WAG): Participants first discovered an abstract case study; they picked a role (director of the Catchment and Water Agency, mayor of the city, representative of an environmental NGO, delegate of a small holders farmers’ association, chair of the commerce and industry chamber, etc.) and were invited to react as they would do in real operations; 2 different scenarii (normal climate and drought) were explored and discussed;

-       Cooplan: Every participant had to fill in an option strip mentioning one or two proposals and describing the implementation level, the estimated intensity of resources required and the expected impacts; all  options were then gathered into a collective matrix and discussed (coherency, feasibility, efficiency, etc.);

-       PrePar: Participants had to decide how the participatory process should be organized in order to get the water management plan designed, agreed and implemented: with/by and for whom ? With which methods ?

c) Evaluation and lively exchanges on needs and perspectives:

Several participants regretted the lack of time available to get into the large variety of methods and tools presented, especially PrePar.

Yet the session took place in a very constructive and positive atmosphere, no one refused to play the game and all delegates got involved and took an active interest in the successive phases.

A number of positive points were highlighted, among which:

-       the integral perspective as well as the tools presented were creative and innovative;

-       the simulated situations were very similar to the ones experienced in real cases (frustration due to opposing approaches on the process of decision-making, language and linguistic barriers, etc.);

-       it was highly instructive to put oneself in someone else’s place and to see things from another point of view.

Outcome : 

-       It was suggested to repeat the experience with a simplified version of cards and matrices and more flexibility especially in the planning phases;

-       It was decided that the WGI would get greater insights of the practical implications of water governance through IRSTEA-led participatory simulation, and the needed tools and methodologies to manage complexities at catchment level.

NL, Twente, 23-24 may 2015, WAG course

posted 10 Sep 2015, 09:32 by Nils Ferrand

At Twente University, with Pr. Marcela Brugnach, a MSc course on WAG, uncertainty and water management.

Nicoya, Costa-Rica, 7-8/5/20015, FuturAgua workshop

posted 10 Sep 2015, 09:26 by Nils Ferrand

Author : Pavel Bautista, CATIE & FuturAgua project

Costa-Rica, 1/5/2015: the fastest WAG process ever!

posted 10 Sep 2015, 09:23 by Nils Ferrand

With Abigail Fallot (CIRAD GREEN) & Juan Betancourt (MSc CATIE), we travelled to the SOuth Caribbean area, in Paraiso (Sixaola). After a very short (1h30) brieffing & training on WAG design, and a field visit with the ASADA Paraiso president, Juan has directly animated alone a SELF-WAG session with the ASADA board  (7 px) during 2h30, with the creation of a local model. That was the fastest "from scratch to model & game" process ever!

Costa-Rica SAFSE workshop (+ Nicaragua)

posted 10 Sep 2015, 09:16 by Nils Ferrand

Australia ANU 2015 & Fonds Pacifique project

posted 10 Sep 2015, 08:05 by Nils Ferrand   [ updated 10 Sep 2015, 09:11 ]

June 9-11, 2015 : A workshop from FOnds PAcifique project about the use of the COOPLAAGE methods for the case studies. Organization : Katherine Daniell & EMeline HAssenforder

A one day course on the COOPLAAGE methods, with 40 registered participants from many institutions.

June 10-11
An internal project seminar working on the future development for the case studies

Final conclusions :

Nouvelle-Calédonie 2015

posted 10 Sep 2015, 06:46 by Nils Ferrand   [ updated 10 Sep 2015, 09:14 ]

May 27 - June 4, 2015 : Pouembout, Province Nord, Nouvelle-Calédonie (Projet Fonds-Pacifique) : A training workshop to accompany all local stakeholders in reconsidering and changing their local management practices. A first level group exposed to WAG, COOPLAN, PRE-PAR, ENCORE and JUST-A-GRID, with a second level test toward an extended group.


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