A participatory modelling approach to support social learning in groundwater management systems

Social learning is an essential mechanism for adapting with the growing pressures on groundwater resource, such climate change and pumping rates, and their impacts on groundwater and dependent ecological and socio-economic systems.

Social learning is an interactive and iterative process through which agencies and stakeholder groups (policy makers, scientists, interest groups, users and communities) work closely to share knowledge and views to improve system understanding and management. To support adaptive management and proactive planning, social learning needs to provide stakeholders with the capacity to envisage future changes, explore, and plan measures that allow them to make more informed decision and adapt to critical uncertainties.

The objective of this project is to develop and evaluate a participatory modelling methodology (i.e. methods, models, tools) to be used for promoting social learning about the future of groundwater management policies in the Willunga Basin, South Australia. Towards this objective, the methodology combines three interweaved approaches: scenario planning, stakeholder engagement, and integrated modelling.




The project is funded by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Other partners:

  • Adelaide MRL NRM Board
  • Department of Water, South Australia
  • Landholders
  • Landcare groups

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