Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

To promote improved decision-making, planning and management of dams and their alternatives building on World Commission on Dams (WCD) core values and strategic priorities and other relevant reference materials. Through supporting multi-stakeholder dialogues at country-level, regional and global levels on improving decision making on dams and their alternatives with the aim of engaging all stakeholders with emphasis on governments,and producing non prescriptive tools drawing on all relevant existing bodies of criteria and guidelines for planning and management of dams and their alternatives, which can help decision makers.

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Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Brazil - National Water Agency (ANA)
Government of China - Ministry of Water Resources
Government of Germany - BMZ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation
Government of Lesotho - Lesotho Highlands Water Commission
Government of Mexico - National Water Commission
Government of South Africa - Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Government of Turkey - General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works, DSI

Major Groups:
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) (India)
Nepal Electricity Authority (Nepal)
WAFED (Nepal)
Winrock International, Nepal (Nepal)
Tebtebba Foundation (Philippines)
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) (Sri Lanka)
International Hydropower Association (IHA) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
International Rivers Network (United States of America)
Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) (United States of America)

UN System:
UNEP - Dams and Development Project (DDP) (Kenya)
United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) (Italy)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (Kenya)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United States of America)
World Bank (WB) (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) (South Africa)
World Conservation Union (IUCN) (Switzerland)
African Development Bank (AfDB) ()
Asian Development Bank (ADB) ()
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) ()
International Energy Agency (IEA) ()
World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) ()

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This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2007-04-01
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