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CPWF projects developed and furthered a range of tools to help guide decision making and analyses, and increase understanding between different stakeholders. Explore some of these tools below.




AguaAndes Negotiation Support System and the Water Evaluation Planning system

Water resource agreements require baseline hydrological information and capacity as well as an understanding of the likely trajectories for change. These are not usually available for most of the poorer basins and sub-basins. AguaAndes provides that baseline around the world and can be used to bring stakeholders together around a common platform for discussion and negotiation to adopt the most suitable interventions. Linkages were made with the WEAP (Water Evaluation and Planning).

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CompAndes Negotiation Support System

The CompAndes Negotiation Support System is a test bed for negotiations around benefit-sharing mechanisms for water, focusing on sustaining equitable flows of water for all through appropriate land, ecosystem, and water management.

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Bangladesh Southwest Coastal Region Information System

This WebGIS database combines dozens of layers of spatial information (digital maps) to generate detailed cropping-system suitability maps for the coastal zone of Bangladesh. The maps allow researchers and policy makers alike to determine potential areas where improved cropping systems can be successfully implemented.

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Targeting Agricultural Water Management Interventions (TAGMI)

TAGMI is a decision support tool to support targeting and scaling-out of agricultural water management interventions. TAGMI presents potential out-scaling for three different agricultural water management technologies in the Limpopo and Volta River basins. The tool displays spatially explicit model results at the district scale—based on social, economic and environmental data—in order to support decisions on investment and development action and facilitate scaling-up of the technologies.

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Small Reservoirs Toolkit

The small reservoirs toolkit presents approximately 30 tools and techniques for dealing with all aspects of small reservoirs—from planning to use—in an easy to use format. The toolkit covers topics under four areas: intervention planning; storage and hydrology; ecosystems and health; and institutions and economics. It is designed for all levels of users, particularly practitioners, development agencies, rural agencies dealing with water supplies, health workers, water users and researchers.

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The Nile Goblet Tool

This brief provides an overview for an open source GIS planning tool—the Nile Goblet tool—that was developed to help target rainwater management practices and strategies for specific contexts, defined by their bio-physical, socio-economic and institutional characteristics.

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Research shows there is a ‘disconnect’ between farmers and decision makers in their perceptions of natural resource management problems and ideas for solutions. Tools for better communication and joint understanding among different actors are essential in development planning processes. This brief showcases one such tool—WAT-A-GAME—that has been tested in Ethiopia.

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Happy Strategies Game

The Happy Strategies game has potential to generate common understanding around food and water issues, harness collective thinking and devise more effective strategies for water and food interventions. The rich discussions triggered by the game bear the promises of revealing new interventions and practices. Expert inputs can therefore broaden the understanding being put directly into practice in the game.

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The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is a systematic method to assess local feed resource availability and use. It helps in the design of intervention strategies aiming to optimize feed utilization and animal production.

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Mekong Hydropower Map and Research Repository

The map is an interactive GIS-based map of the Mekong basin. It is a repository for many CPWF Mekong research outputs (papers, posters, videos, presentations), news articles, and dam metadata. Clicking on countries and catchment areas will open up country-specific and catchment-specific information.

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Basin Challenge: An Interactive Simulation Game

The Basin Challenge game allows single players or teams of participants to experience the challenges associated with developing a river basin. The game is played over 50 turns with each turn representing a year. In this way, participants can experience the potential short and long-term benefits, costs and challenges associated with development.

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Guidance Manual on Commune Agroecosystems Analysis in Cambodia

The last decade has seen rapid economic progress in Cambodia. Rural households are still mainly dependent on agriculture and its related subsectors for their livelihoods. This handbook presents five tools for analysis (spatial, temporal, livelihoods, economic and decision making, and systems) when implementing Commune Agroecosystems Analysis in Cambodia.

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Bridging the Hydropower Policy-Implementation Gap

One CPWF project worked with local impact groups, government agencies and central government ministries to improve the application of Lao policy in two hydropower development projects by improving communications systems and establishing a governance feedback mechanism. A series of product are meant to improve understanding of hydropower governance among impacted communities and the involved government agencies.

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