DAFNE Pre-workshop Survey

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A summary of the DAFNE project can be found here.


    The goal of this survey is to gather information in order to gain a better understanding of the views of DAFNE meeting participants (Feb. 2-3) on issues related to resource management (especially water, energy and food production) within the Zambezi basin. This information will be used as background information for the DAFNE project. An invitation to complete this survey has been sent to all participants of the DAFNE Zambezi Basin meeting.

    We kindly request your cooperation and 10-15 mins of your time. Please complete this online questionnaire by Tuesday, February 21. Information gathered in this survey will be used mainly for the purpose of the DAFNE project and we will not attribute any specific responses made by individual respondents without their explicit permission. The results will be shared with participants once processed.

    * Mandatory fields

    * First and Last Name

    * Name of Organisation/Employer

    * Country

    * Gender

    * E-Mail

    Section A: On the Workshop

    1. What are your expectations of this workshop?

    2. What motivated you to accept the invitation to attend this workshop?

    Section B: Your (Employment) Background

    * 1. In which type of organization do you work?
    GovernmentUniversity/ResearchPrivate Sector/BusinessNon-GovernmentalOther: please specify
    Please specify if "other" selected:

    * 2. Which of the following best describes your current role?
    Policy advisor/Decision makerPractitionerPlannerScientist/ResearcherManager Natural resourcesFarm organization or other userOther: please specify
    Please specify if "other" selected:

    * 3. Please indicate which sector[s] you work in (select all that apply)
    Energy (e.g. hydropower)Large scale agriculture (e.g. irrigation projects)Water resources (e.g. water users, fisheries)Small scale agriculture (e.g. farmer associations/groups)All sectors: water, energy, agriculture (e.g., NGO)Other: please specify
    Please specify only if "other" selected:

    4. Which skills/ specialized knowledge / professional experience do you have?

    5. If you are familiar with scenario-based planning approaches, how have you used it in your work?

    Section C: Water-Energy-Food related issues

    1. From your experience and knowledge, what are the three top challenges affecting water resources in the Zambezi Basin? If possible, please also specify which economic sectors are contributed to each these challenges.

    2. Please rate the following challenges from 1 to 4, where 1 is most important and 4 is the least important. Leave responses blank if you do not see it as a challenge or do not know. The challenges relate to different classes of issues you might encounter:

    aa) Issues affecting basin management in general Importance
    Conflicts among water users
    Limited and uncoordinated data and information (this includes hard data and soft data)
    Lack of coordination among key stakeholders in the riparian member countries
    a) Issues relating to integration and coordination of water resources development and management Importance
    Inadequate water infrastructure for achieving regional energy security
    Insufficient water infrastructure for agricultural development to achieve regional food security
    Inadequate financing of water resources development and management
    Low access to water supply and sanitation
    Conflict over use of resources and transboundary issues

    b) Issues relating to environmental management and sustainable development Importance
    Inadequate protection and sustainable development and use of wetlands
    Deterioration of water quality due to point pollution from mining and industrial and urban centers
    Proliferation of invasive aquatic weeds
    Unsustainable and low productivity fisheries management
    Tourism development is threatened by degradation of the aquatic environment
    High value and unique eco-systems and related ecological and economic functions in the Basin may be threatened by fragmented and accelerated development

    c) Issues relating to adaptation to climate variability and climate change Importance
    Extreme variability and uneven distribution of rainfall
    Lack of OR inadequate integrated flood and drought management in development planning
    Poor drought management and integration in development planning; lack of drought monitoring framework?
    Inadequate coping mechanisms for climate change

    d) Issues relating to basin-wide cooperation and integration Importance
    Weak capacity of national water management institutions to perform river basin management tasks; inadequate capacity to implement catchment management strategies (CMS)
    Inadequate water resources knowledge base for basin-wide development and management; inadequate data availability and sharing mechanisms
    Inadequate effective stakeholder participation in water resources planning, development and management

    3. a) In your opinion, what is working well regarding implementation, management and coordination in the Zambezi basin?

    b) What is not working well regarding implementation, management and coordination in the Zambezi basin and what could be done differently?

    4. a) With which stakeholder networks or coalitions for (parts of) the Zambezi basin are you familiar? Please list them:

    b) Please indicate your involvement/role/position (if any) within the networks/coalitions you listed in 4.a. and the primary technology you use for your regular communications within these networks/coalitions (e.g., email, skype, telephone, twitter, teleconferencing, etc.)

    5. Please indicate to what extent you agree with the following statements:

    a) One of the biggest threats to the agriculture sector within the Zambezi basin is impact of hydropower stations
    b) b) There is high competition for water resources among different sectors (water-energy-food)
    c) Irrigated areas are a bigger threat to water quality/ quantity and use in the Zambezi basin as compared to the hydropower projects
    d) There is inadequate institutional strength and capacity for effective management of the Zambezi basin resources
    e) Access to relevant hydrological data is difficult due to lack of or poor knowledge sharing protocols
    f) There are no centralized monitoring tools and data to support monitoring of hydrological data within Zambezi basin
    g) Inadequate OR Lack of trust and coordination between riparian member states makes managing Zambezi basin more challenging
    h) There is uneven distribution of decision making power within the management of the Zambezi that does not support effective stakeholder participation
    i) I have limited understanding of the interlinkages between agriculture, water and energy due to limited data/information/assessment tools
    j) There is limited data on hydrological, energy, agriculture and economy-related aspects to support effective water resource planning
    k) IWRM plans are generally implemented in the basin
    l) IWRM principles are included in recently developed resource management plans

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