Integrated Water Resource Management Process

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Because of these problems, the decision-making process is of key importance for integrated water resources management in the Pranburi watershed. Therefore, this research should focus on the process of the decision making by the stakeholders to collaborate with their community-based organizations to make decisions about water resources management strategies. Because of, the stakeholder participation is a key point of the IWRM approach. The empowered community has responsibility to address local issues in a coordinated and integrated way [2]. For this reason, the objective of this research was to develop and apply the AHP approach by the participation of stakeholders in watershed for selecting the suitable alternatives for water resources management…show more content…
This research proposes the decision-making process by the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) based on the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). This is because the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a principle that can be applied to solve water resources problems. This concept has been defined by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) at the World Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 as "a process which is a systematic process for the development and management of water, land and related resources within watersheds in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems"[3]. In Thailand, the IWRM principles were applied in 1995 from national policy to local communities. It has been technically recognized as a means to achieve sustainable water resources management, and this concept has been incorporated with institutional responsibility. To address the…show more content…
Many researchers have applied the AHP to decision-making concerning water resources management [7-12]. [7 and 8] focused on criteria concerning social, economic and environmental factors. This is because these criteria are the key factors affecting to water resources planning and management. Accordingly, [8] proposed a fuzzy methodology for solving the decision problems about the assessment of water management plans with criteria, sub-criteria and alternatives. However, [7] set the cost criterion for the evaluation project because this criterion includes the cost of the investment, maintenance and administrative costs after the realization of the project. In addition, the goal of this research used the AHP and PROMTHEE for the evaluation the project in water resources planning. The findings of ranking the project were similar and the effective of both methods. However, the importance of the application of multi-criteria methods is based on the ability of the decision

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