admin by Nelson Jatel | 6 Nov 2017
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Education & Learning,Natural Ecosystems

Map your water actor network to improve integrated water system management.

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Creating a network map in your watershed, like the one below of the Okanagan, helps improve water stewardship, communication, and building community resilience.

Source: (Jatel, 2013)

Improving water stewardship involves building a strong network of dedicated people at the watershed community level and multiple levels of government.  Developing a map of actors (people who make water decisions, formal and informal) specific to your watershed helps: identify gaps, engage with important missing people and organizations (network holes), and develop a water network vision.

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david@wayblaze.com

Nice idea! What type of organization would be the most appropriate to coordinate the network map?

nelson.jatel@obwb.ca
Idea author Nelson Jatel on 30th Nov 2017

Hi David, who won the idea competition?

Cheers, Nelson

david@wayblaze.com

• Danielle Berube won a case of wine from the House of Rose winery for the most “like” idea, which was to empower families by teaching them how to use the space they have to grow food.
• Peter Smith won an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort for the “best” idea contributed, which was to create a version of Serious Game that builds on a scenario based on Hunter/Rees thoughts.
We are about to send out an email to let everyone know.

nelson.jatel@obwb.ca
Idea author Nelson Jatel on 8th Nov 2017

Hi David, thanks for the comment. We have worked with government, First Nations, Universities and industry partners who have led the network mapping process. Here are some examples: http://www.social-network.ca/social-network-analysis/projects/

rob@wayblaze.com
Rob Barrs Wayblaze on 6th Nov 2017

Hi Nelson. this looks interesting. Some of the network appears to be highly connected but other parts seem quite isolated. Is this one of the insights this tools provides?

nelson.jatel@obwb.ca
Idea author Nelson Jatel on 7th Nov 2017

Thanks for the note Rob. Good observation, yes the degree of connectiveness is one important quality we look at when analyzing a network map. I’ve found that network maps help us visualize current communication hubs and gaps between water decision makers in a water management community. The above example network map focuses on drought planning and identifies some strategic linkages that would strengthen the social network and improve communication among actors.