Ambiente & Sociedade
On-line version ISSN 1809-4422
WARNER, Jeroen. Multi-stakeholder platforms: integrating society in water resource management?. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2005, vol.8, n.2, pp. 4-28. ISSN 1809-4422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2005000200001.
Multi-Stakeholder Platforms are a currently popular concept in the international water world. It is however not a very well defined phenomenon. The present article unpacks the concept, proposes to see platforms as networks, and identifies two ´schools of thought´: social learning and negotiation. It attempts a preliminary typology of platforms encountered in real life, in which the Comités de Bacia in Brazil, for all their shortcomings, come out as a relatively influential type. In closing, the article then identifies reasons for non-participation, suggesting that it is an inevitable corollary of organised participation.
Keywords : multi-stakeholder platforms; integrated water resource management; participation; non-participation.