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A Community Based Guidebook on Decision-Making

To uncover a community management success story from the CBNRM Net’s collection, I chose “A Guidebook on Decision-Making”. The authors Thayne Coulter and Deena Larsen are employees of the Bureau of Reclamation in the United States. Reclamation is responsible for the interior und oversees water resource management like water diversion, delivery, storage and hydroelectric power generation projects. Reclamation searched for new planning methods after restructuring goals and business practice by working together with local institutions and water groups. Moreover they wanted to reduce time between the idea and the realization during a project. Traditional planning methods made this purpose impossible because of internal regulations and constrains.

Coulter and Larsen developed a community based planning tool called Decision Process Guidebook with the knowledge from about 150 people. The range of these participated people reached from government till private citizen. Out of this knowledge base an adaptable guidebook for any organization which faces complex decisions involving multiple groups aroused. The planning tool is very flexible in its application area to solve problems in a reasonable, sensible, and responsible way.

With this guidebook it was possible to work together with groups to meet needs, solve problems, manage natural resources and reach the new goals. And the best: It also saves money. In my opinion, getting much people in such a project is very useful, because you have the bundled knowledge of different kind of people and consequently point of views. You have local experts as well as people from government. Without this range of knowledge you are not able to identify and solve some problems.

 

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