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At the basin level, a water-related asset can be taken as a specific feature that is significant for people living in the basin and which provides some environmental, social and/or economic benefits. While assets are not entirely overlooked in basin-level planning, they are sometimes given less attention than immediate sector development needs and opportunities. Water-related assets span across natural resources, livelihoods and culture, and are for that reason well suited for highlighting the linkages between these perspectives. Knowledge and awareness of them can expand the decision basis for development planning, land management, cause-effect analysis and impact prediction. Due regard to assets can assist in identification of 'shared values' within a basin, and can contribute to a visionary focus for its long-term development. Management of assets is not merely about conservation, but can very well be oriented towards pro-active development, while paying attention to an appropriate balance between present and future needs. Illustrated by examples from the Lower Mekong Basin, this paper suggests an asset perspective to be considered as an element in the knowledge base for basin-level planning and management.
Water-related assets of our river basins
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