A Framework to Achieve a Shared Vision in the Collaborative-Strategic Management of Water (Case study: Kashafrood basin)

Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. Student of Water Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

2 Professor of Water Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

3 Professor of Management Department, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

4 Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shahid Beheshti University


The shared vision is the main element of planning in the field of water management and the core of all the tasks of the actors. The vision of water management in Iran is to achieve sustainable development. But the lack of a clear framework for achieving sustainable development in the country's water management is significant. This can be achieved through collaborative-strategic planning. The present study, as a targeted action integrating internal and foreign trade, has provided a systematic framework for achieving a shared vision in collaborative-strategic management of water and has been implemented in Kashafrood basin. This framework is presented in three steps. In the first step, the actors of the basin are identified by Snowball method. then by using the Mind Map method their concerns were extracted and thereafter the basin vision was developed. In the second step, strategies for achieving the vision were identified by using the Freeman method and then the policy of achieving these strategies was developed. In the third step, a questionnaire was used to assess the capability of implementation and the impact of macro policies, and ultimately, executive policies were developed to achieve relevant macro policies. The results of this study led to the development of a common perspective on the 1420 horizon in the Kashafrood basin, in which this basin will have a sustainable balance in water resources and consumption. Under this vision, 19 strategies, 63 macro policies and 232 executive policies have been developed, 41% of which have a social nature. The evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of policies reflects the high consensus among actors on the implementation and effectiveness of policies to achieve the shared vision of the Kashafrood basin.


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Volume 6, Issue 4
January 2020
Pages 865-886
  • Receive Date: 30 March 2019
  • Revise Date: 15 July 2019
  • Accept Date: 15 July 2019
  • First Publish Date: 22 December 2019