Efficient collaboration in complex area planning processes

Collaborating with stakeholders

Effective collaboration with stakeholders is becoming increasingly important in the water sector. Water organisations are working together as a prerequisite for finding solutions to complex tasks, or as a means of increasing their efficiency. KWR assists organisations in selecting the most effective form of collaboration and determining their own strategic role. The water organisations thus gain an understanding of their own contribution, the associated opportunities and risks, and the desirable areas of improvement to facilitate collaboration.

Collaborating water organisations

Water sector stakeholders are today collaborating more and more. A growing number of water organisations see collaboration as a necessary means of increasing their efficiency. They also realise that solving complex tasks alone in a constantly changing environment no longer works. When considering what form of collaboration to choose, organisations need to bear in mind the objectives, roles, ambitions and visions of different stakeholders. They also need to consider at what point in the collaboration process,  these processes should be broadened or indeed narrowed. To answer these kinds of questions, KWR offers water companies and waterboards support that leads to effective collaborations in area planning processes.

Determining strategic role

KWR helps water organisations in choosing the most effective form of collaboration and determining their role in area planning processes, taking due account of trends in the external environment. This makes strategic positioning possible.
By means of research and the serious game, ‘Roles in area planning processes’, we offer water professionals the leads they need to comprehend the interconnected issues that characterise their situation. This also applies to the diversity of players and their varied interests.
KWR uses City Blueprint to assess the sustainability of urban watercycles. The tool provides a starting point for a dialogue between the affected stakeholders, with a view to determining the necessary sustainability improvements.

Understanding area planning processes

Thanks to self-reflection, greater awareness and strategic leads, water companies and waterboards can systematically run through their approach options (proactive vs. reactive; sectoral vs. integrated). This is useful when they consider the role they adopt naturally as opposed to the one that is desirable in area planning processes. In terms of their own status, water organisations can quickly grasp the opportunities and risks of their possible[JA1] [BS2]  roles in area planning processes – including the associated opportunities and risks and desirable points of improvement. This renders the complexity of collaboration more understandable and manageable, and helps water organisations identify factors that might enhance their own influence.

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