DELIBERATIVE POLICY MODEL TO WATER CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR IMPROVING AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURS’ BUSINESS: CASE STUDIES IN SUPHANBURI AND SAMUTPRAKARN PROVINCE, THAILAND
Keywords:Deliberative Policy, Water management, Agricultural entrepreneur business, Thailand
This research studied the process of deliberative policy-making in environmental conflict resolution, concerning water resources in conflict areas in Thailand, and the construction of a deliberative policy model concerning water management, in order to seek for an efficient model to reduce conflicts regarding this issue. Moreover, following the research findings it was determined that stakeholders related to the deliberative model, particularly agricultural entrepreneurs, receive opportunities to set up sustainable income when water conflicts are resolved. The research reviews the relevant literature on deliberative policy concepts, conflict management and resolution concepts, and other case studies concerning deliberative models for conflict resolution relating to water management, and pursues desirable mutual agreements regarding water management in Thailand.
The areas of study in this research cover several administrative sections of the Royal Irrigation Department, operated under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. These administrative sections have direct responsibilities related to water management, the deliberative policy-making processes, and are stakeholders of the policies. The two case studies chosen in this research consist of two irrigation project sites (Dan Chang district, Suphanburi province and Klong Dan District, Samutprakarn Province) due to their exceptional success in local water management. During these case studies it was found that the deliberative model drives the co-creation of agricultural entrepreneur business among the stakeholders. Moreover, this model can drive trust in open-space conditions, desires, and sustainable decision making, for building opportunities for improving incomes and quality of life. In conclusion, the deliberative policy model on water conflict conditions contributes alternative opportunities to agricultural entrepreneurs in conflict areas, to implant their engagement and build relationships for conflict resolution trough peace talks and systematic change.
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