1. In many parts of the world, the advent of new – and often powerful – water users into a rural area radically changes the level of competition for water.

    Based on the case of lead mining in the Con Cuong district in Vietnam, this video report provides an example of what may happen when new water users arrive. It illustrates that those who make the decision to allow new water users to start operating tend to be different from those who bear the costs of the new type of competition which emerge in the wake of the advent of new users.

    This video is one in a series of three videos that illustrate conclusions coming out of the "Competing for Water" programme. The three video reports can be seen at Competing for Water.

    The Competing for Water programme (http://diis.dk/water) is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in one district in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

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  2. Duration 12,5 minutes. Produced 2010.

    Making more water available, e.g. through the construction of public boreholes and pumps to bring out ground water, can make a big difference to people living in rural areas in developing countries. This is so not only to the poor who in many places lack reliable supplies drinking water, but also to the better-off who may become able to water bigger herds of cattle and bigger gardens. Therefore, competition for water often intensifies when more water becomes available.

    With illustrations from Namwala district in Zambia, the video shows that it is often local power relations – rather than the need for water – that determine who get access and draw benefits when more water is made available.

    In rural areas, water will always be used for multiple purposes. Clear rules that assign priority to domestic use over productive use of water is an important step to prevent the poor from losing out when more water is made available through new public infrastructure.

    However, rules may be broken. When that happens, there is a need for independent mediating institutions which people who have their rights to water denied, can access. The design and establishment of such institutions is a challenge which future efforts to ensure pro-poor water governance will have to address.

    The film is produced by Sten Rehder and the Competing for Water programme with financial support from the Royal Danish Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia

    This video is one in a series of three videos that illustrate conclusions coming out of the "Competing for Water" programme. The three filmreports can be seen at Competing for Water.

    The Competing for Water programme (http://diis.dk/water) is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in one district in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

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  3. Duration: 11.30 minutes. Produced 2010.

    In many countries, it is the task of district and other local authorities to authorise and monitor use of water for small-scale irrigation (e.g. a couple of hectares or less) and ensure that small scale irrigation does not conflict with leaving enough water for human and animal consumption. The video illustrates the magnitude and complexity of this task – a task and a level of water governance which is often grossly neglected if efforts to improve water governance.

    Directed, filmed and edited by Sten Rehder in collaboration with Ligia Gómez, Tania Paz and Helle Munk Ravnborg (project leader)

    This video is one in a series of three videos that illustrate conclusions coming out of the "Competing for Water" programme. The three filmreports can be seen at Competing for Water.

    The Competing for Water programme (http://diis.dk/water) is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in one district in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

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  4. Duración: 11.30 minutos. Producido 2010.

    El video “Competencia por el agua – el desafío de la gobernanza local del agua” (también disponible con sub-títulos en ingles – ver vimeo.com/8101416) es uno en una serie de tres videos que ilustran algunas de las conclusiones del programa de investigación “Competencia por el agua”. Los títulos de los otros dos videos – disponibles en ingles – son "Competing for Water – when more water leads to conflict" (vimeo.com/14178764) y "Competing for Water – when new water users emerge" (en preparación).

    El programa “Competencia por el agua” (http://www.diis.dk/water) es un programa de investigación colaborativa que ha documentado la extensión, la intensidad y la naturaleza de conflicto y cooperación relacionado con el agua durante los últimos 10 años en un municipio en cada uno de los siguientes países: Bolivia, Malí, Nicaragua, Vietnam y Zambia.

    Resumen del video:

    En muchos países, corresponde a las alcaldías y otras autoridades locales autorizar y monitorear el uso de agua para riego de pequeña escala (es decir un par de hectáreas o menos) y asegurar que el riego a pequeña escala no compite con el uso de agua para el consumo humano y para animales. El video ilustra la magnitud y la complejidad de esta tarea – una tarea y un nivel de gobernanza del agua que muchas veces está descuidada en los esfuerzos para mejorar la gobernanza del agua.

    Dirección, grabación y edición: Sten Rehder en colaboración con Ligia Gómez, Tania Paz y Helle Munk Ravnborg

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  5. This version is a copy of vimeo.com/15696980 , but has also the english narration subtitled in english. You may want to use this if you have difficulties hearing the sound.
    In many parts of the world, the advent of new – and often powerful – water users into a rural area radically changes the level of competition for water.

    Based on the case of lead mining in the Con Cuong district in Vietnam, this video report provides an example of what may happen when new water users arrive. It illustrates that those who make the decision to allow new water users to start operating tend to be different from those who bear the costs of the new type of competition which emerge in the wake of the advent of new users.

    This video is one in a series of three videos that illustrate conclusions coming out of the "Competing for Water" programme. The three video reports can be seen at Competing for Water.

    The Competing for Water programme (http://diis.dk/water) is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in one district in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

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The Competing for Water programme (http://www.diis.dk/water) is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in one district in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.
The programme has produced three videos to illustrate some of its findings.

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