Evaluation of Bayesian Networks in Participatory Water Resources Management, Upper Guadiana Basin, Spain

Zorrilla, Pedro and Carmona García, Gema and Hera, Africa de la and Varela Ortega, Consuelo and Martinez Santos, Pedro and Bromley, John and Henriksen, Hans Jorgen (2010). Evaluation of Bayesian Networks in Participatory Water Resources Management, Upper Guadiana Basin, Spain. "Ecology and Society", v. 15 (n. 3); ISSN 1708-3087.

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Title: Evaluation of Bayesian Networks in Participatory Water Resources Management, Upper Guadiana Basin, Spain
Author/s:
  • Zorrilla, Pedro
  • Carmona García, Gema
  • Hera, Africa de la
  • Varela Ortega, Consuelo
  • Martinez Santos, Pedro
  • Bromley, John
  • Henriksen, Hans Jorgen
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Ecology and Society
Date: September 2010
ISSN: 1708-3087
Volume: 15
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Bayesian networks; decision support system; evaluation; groundwater management; Guadiana Basin; participatory modeling; Spain; water management; water use conflicts
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Economía y Ciencias Sociales Agrarias [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Stakeholder participation is becoming increasingly important in water resources management. In participatory processes, stakeholders contribute by putting forward their own perspective, and they benefit by enhancing their understanding of the factors involved in decision making. A diversity of modeling tools can be used to facilitate participatory processes. Bayesian networks are well suited to this task for a variety of reasons, including their ability to structure discussions and visual appeal. This research focuses on developing and testing a set of evaluation criteria for public participation. The advantages and limitations of these criteria are discussed in the light of a specific participatory modeling initiative. Modeling work was conducted in the Upper Guadiana Basin in central Spain, where uncontrolled groundwater extraction is responsible for wetland degradation and conflicts between farmers, water authorities, and environmentalists. Finding adequate solutions to the problem is urgent because the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive requires all aquatic ecosystems to be in a “good ecological state” within a relatively short time frame. Stakeholder evaluation highlights the potential of Bayesian networks to support public participation processes.

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Item ID: 8787
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/8787/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:8787
Official URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/articles/3278.html
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Sep 2011 12:00
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 08:39
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