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Sustainable catchment managing in a climate changing world: new integrative modalities for connecting policy makers, scientists and other stakeholders

Ison, Ray; Collins , Kevin; Colvin, John; Jiggins, Janice; Roggero, Pier Paolo; Seddaiu, Giovanna; Steyaert, Patrick; Toderi, Marco and Zanolla, Chiara (2011). Sustainable catchment managing in a climate changing world: new integrative modalities for connecting policy makers, scientists and other stakeholders. Water Resources Management, 25(15) pp. 3977–3992.

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Abstract

This paper characterises some of the main issues confronting water-catchment managing in a climate-changing world and addresses wide-spread concerns about the lack of connectivity between science, policy making and implementation. The paper’s arguments are ‘framed’ within a paradigm of systemic and adaptive governing, regulating, planning and managing understood as a nested systemic hierarchy. It is argued that climate change adaptation is best understood as a coevolutionary dynamic, principally, but not exclusively between human beings and the biophysical world. Two forms of ‘knowledge brokerage’ based on mode 1 (knowledge) and mode 2 (knowing) are distinguished with practical implications. Drawing on extensive research by the authors, eight modalities for enacting ‘knowledge brokerage’ are introduced. The conditions for or against success in employing these modalities are described. Consistent with the views of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Report 2007, it is argued that water managing is a paradigmatic domain for making climate change adaptation ‘real’ and a systemic issue of global concern at the core of sustainable development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 1573-1650
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot Setnational project “Agroscenari”
Keywords: water governance; catchment managing; watershed managing; knowledge management; social-ecological thinking; dualism; duality
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Other Departments > Other Departments
Item ID: 29632
Depositing User: Raymond Ison
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2011 08:30
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 19:35
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29632
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