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Reframing water governance: a multi-perspective study of an over-engineered catchment in China

Wei, Yongping; Ison, Ray; Colvin, John and Collins, Kevin (2012). Reframing water governance: a multi-perspective study of an over-engineered catchment in China. Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, 55(3) pp. 297–318.

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Climate change, over abstraction, pollution and questionable engineering-based paradigms are contributing to a state of crisis in water governance. This paper reports on preliminary research in Lake Baiyangdian catchment, China, which has the potential to realise more systemic and adaptive forms of water governance through development and use of a method that reframes water catchment management in the form of social learning. A cross-disciplinary research group worked together with multiple-department managers and stakeholder representatives within a purposefully designed ‘learning system’ to create an insipient social learning platform. The results demonstrate the potential to reframe water catchment management in Lake Baiyangdian so as to better address the questions: who should manage the water catchment and what in the catchment should be the focus of managing?

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
ISSN: 1360-0559
Keywords: social learning; water governance; catchment management; resource and environmental degradation; policy framings; China
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Item ID: 30484
Depositing User: Kevin Collins
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 11:00
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 13:53
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