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Participatory water monitoring can be especially important in helping prevent water-related conflicts that may arise in the extractive industry and large-scale agriculture sectors. Participatory water monitoring presents unique challenges, however, because of the complex and highly technical nature of assessing impacts to water and the controversy surrounding the competing demands that communities and industry place on water resources.

The guide opens in chapter 1 with a discussion of the need for participatory monitoring.

Chapters 2–5 describe the four components of an effective participatory monitoring program.