Water stands at the centre of the challenges around food security,
economic development, energy generation and climate change.
Under these conditions, basin plans need to recognize and be
aligned with broader economic development and planning
objectives. In this context, strategic basin planning can be
defined as: a coherent multidisciplinary approach to managing
basin water resources and their users in order to identify and
satisfy social, economic and environmental priorities.
The aim of strategic basin planning is not just to meet
straightforward, externally set objectives, but to choose from
a series of possible water management objectives those that
will best contribute to a range of competing economic, social
and ecological goals. Further, achieving these goals typically
involves the participation of a range of government bodies
and stakeholders, beyond those directly involved with water
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